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JuliusMalema Calls For Jacob Zuma To Resign Over “Massacre” Of 34 Striking Miners

South Africa’s firebrand youth leader, Julius Malema, has called for President Jacob Zuma to resign over the of “massacre” of 34 striking workers near a British-owned platinum mine last week.

Mr Malema, who was expelled from the African National Congress four months ago, made his comments during a visit on Saturday to the Marikana platinum mine in the country’s north-west, where the miners died during clashes with police on Thursday.

Julius Malema has called for Zuma to resign

Backing the miners’ call for a higher pay from the mine’s owners, he said that South Africa’s mines should be nationalised and that the strikers should not return to work until they were paid more than double their present salaries of around £400 a month.

The involvement of Mr Malema will dramatically raise the stakes in the controversy. A firebrand politician, he has accused Mr Zuma of doing little to help South Africa’s poor, many of whom claim the ruling ANC has enriched only a small black elite. The ANC’s reputation has been put at stake because the union that has led the strike, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union, has accused the rival National Union of Mineworkers, of being too close to both the ANC and the mine’s owners, Lonmin PLC.

Mr Malema said President Jacob Zuma had presided over the “massacre of the people of South Africa. How can he call on people to mourn those he has killed? He must step down.”

Jacob Zuma is under intense pressure from Malema

As a police helicopter hovered above a bare field where the miners were killed, a list of those who died was released by Lonmin.

The list was posted up outside the nearby Andrew Saffy Memorial Hospital where many of the injured were treated after police opened fire against striking miners.

As Mr Malema went into Wonderkop Village, as the shack settlement is called, near the Marikana mine, his aides called on the police to withdraw.

Police moved their vehicles further from the huge crowd which had gathered to hear Mr Malema, the wealthy former president of the ANC youth league.

Ululating women welcomed Mr Malema with traditional ANC songs and a few were holding placards. One read: “R500 for killing police from Musina to Cape Town” A woman explained that her placard meant that anyone who could kill police officers from South Africa’s northern boundary to its southern tip would receive a reward of about £50.

Mr Malema’s aide, Floyd Shivambu who was also kicked out of the ANC, criticised the police: “Most of the people were shot at the back, indicating that they were running away so police actions were not justified,” he said.

The massacre happened after days of unrest and violence at the mine in which ten people, including two policemen were killed a week ago.

Police said they had been making progress until late Thursday and were negotiating with union leaders, but the crowd of about 3,000 strikers, gathered on a hill, would not disperse Police say some of the strikers had guns.

Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowd, and then as the strikers began to descend from the hill towards an informal settlement, police opened fire and within two minutes the dusty field was littered with bodies and injured men.

“Miners around the country should stand in solidarity with the miners at Lonmin,” Mr Malema added.

Political analysts say Mr Malema’s intervention among tense miners and grieving families was part of his campaign to discredit Mr Zuma, who is seeking another term as president of the ANC at its congress in December.

Mr Zuma was called back to South Africa from Mozambique on Friday, where he was the main speaker at a regional summit. At a press conference on his return, he said he would order a commission of inquiry into the deaths at the mine.

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15 Responses to JuliusMalema Calls For Jacob Zuma To Resign Over “Massacre” Of 34 Striking Miners

  1. umuzombiki Reply

    August 18, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    dosnt concern Z…!

  2. Fault Finder Reply

    August 19, 2012 at 12:49 am

    Only the devil is not concerned about the loss of human life.

  3. Chisanga Reply

    August 19, 2012 at 4:58 am

    Umuzombiki u re a devil. u require deliverance.

  4. kakolwe Reply

    August 19, 2012 at 6:19 am

    @UMUZOMBIKI. This concerns Zambia fully! More so that you like the ‘copy & paste’ type of behaviour where everything South African is better, you may find Libongani ordering her batalions to do the same to MotherMD (MMD), UPND protestors.

  5. Mosquito Reply

    August 19, 2012 at 7:49 am

    This makes sad reading, this is usually what happens when people are oppressed and their rights are trampled upon. I see this happening in zambia one day, be alert, police brutality is everywhere. Police were bribed am sure for them to shoot at those guys. Labour disputes awe sure. May their souls rest in peace.

  6. paul Reply

    August 19, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Those police officers knew what they
    Were doing be0ouse from my point
    Of view they had a number of options
    To use 1 water caonons 2 tear gass
    3 rubber bullets 4 firering in the
    Air but they used automatic weapons
    Loaded with live amunition.what a
    Shame and if you see the video
    There was police officer in from of
    His trgger happy comreds and he wasn’t
    Shot even if he was in the line
    Of fire. My point is those trigger
    Happy idiots where not agitated or
    Afraid for there lives but they knew
    Exactly what they were doing.
    May the souls of our departed comreds
    Rest in iternal peace.

  7. taliban Reply

    August 19, 2012 at 11:58 am

    the way to go Julius..!

  8. a Reply

    August 19, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Hey guys, i saw the video, it was a white cop who pulled the trigger. it was all too faST. THIS should never be allowed in zambia. these cops had options.

  9. BashiMaini banina muli bus Reply

    August 20, 2012 at 12:33 am

    At least ifwe twaipeyefye umuChayinizi umo. Bena they kill 30 of their own bantu! Blood thirsty nation Mzansi!

  10. chilu04 Reply

    August 20, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    i support malema,why bin killed over OUR resources.these leaders we put in power must be serious,kneelg and begging for ****** so called investors

  11. a.j Reply

    August 20, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    super malema african leader

  12. MWALE ENOS Reply

    August 20, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Precious lives lost just like that !

  13. chimps Reply

    August 21, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Imwe mwebantu,ba Malema cant make a good African President he is too drunk with power and too racialistic. .! he is a complete opposite of our World hero Madiba Mandela.He is too extreme to be a leeader of any group. Meanwhile, we condemn loss of human life in RSA,those responsible must resign on moral grounds,if not then they must be shown the door including the President. .!

  14. LMulenga Reply

    August 23, 2012 at 11:03 am

    I agree with the youth leader malema that the Prsident should resign. If he does not take any action as a pesident then he does not deserve the to be the President.

  15. Baambile banyumfwe Reply

    August 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Our friends in the South although independent they are not they are still not treated well. The Madibas fought for independence but others should continue to liberate that great country economically, and in the mind of most South Africans.
    For sure if this is anything to go by the President must step down we cant have people being killed like that. Zuuma Zwa!

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