Lonmin: Malema lays murder charge, slams Zuma's inquiry

Julius Malema has opened a case of murder against SAPS officers involved in last week's Lonmin shooting, which left 34 people dead. (Oupa Nkosi, M&G)

Julius Malema has opened a case of murder against SAPS officers involved in last week's Lonmin shooting, which left 34 people dead. (Oupa Nkosi, M&G)

"I want an independent investigation into this. People have died and we need answers because I don't trust President [Jacob] Zuma and his inquiry," Malema told reporters outside the station on Tuesday.

Arriving shortly after midday, Malema entered Marikana police station flanked by two bodyguards.

Last week 34 people were killed and 78 were wounded in a shootout between police and miners in Marikana, Rustenburg.

In response to the shooting, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is probing the police's role in the deaths.

"Police have already concluded they acted in self-defence so there's no point to their investigation," Malema said.

Malema also dismissed Zuma's decision to appoint an independent judicial inquiry and inter-ministerial committee to investigate the tragedy.

"The man that instituted those inquiries is very manipulative and deviant. They will amount to nothing and the truth will not be revealed," he said.

Of no use
After addressing the media, Malema was ushered into a separate part of the police station, away from journalists.

He was accompanied by seven Lonmin miners who allegedly survived the incident and will act as witnesses in the murder case.

"With the help of the media, international agencies and honest members of the SAPS, we will get to the bottom of what actually happened here," Malema said as he walked away.

But police officers outside the station – who did not want to be named – told the Mail & Guardian Malema's efforts may be in vain.

"We can't investigate ourselves. IPID is already looking into this and we must follow protocol. I don't know what the use of this is going to be," one officer said.

 
Nickolaus Bauer

Nickolaus Bauer

Nickolaus Bauer is the Mail & Guardian's jack of all trades news reporter that chases down stories ranging from politics and sports to big business and social justice. Armed with an iPad, SLR camera, camcorder and dictaphone, he aims to fight ignorance and pessimism through written words, photographs and videos. He believes South Africa could be the greatest country in the world if only her citizens would give her a chance to flourish instead of dwell on the negativity. When he's not begging his sub-editors for an extra twenty minutes after deadline, he's also known to dabble in the occasional poignant column that will leave you mulling around in the depths of your psyche. The quintessential workaholic, you can also catch him doing sports on the weekday breakfast show on SAfm and presenting the SAfm Sports Special over the weekend. Read more from Nickolaus Bauer

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