By Mia Lindeque , 22 March 2014

JOHANNESBURG – While the country commemorated the Sharpeville massacre on Friday, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema slated President Jacob Zuma for the Marikana shooting in August 2012, saying he killed the mine workers.

Zuma celebrated Human Rights Day at a government event in at the George Thabe Stadium in Vereeniging on Friday to remember the killing of 69 people by the apartheid police.

Just a few meters away outside the stadium Malema’s party erected a small stage to commemorate the day in their own way.

Malema says Zuma has blood on his hands.

He has again accused him of giving instructions to the police to shoot the 34 Marikana miners during a labour dispute with Lonmin.

Malema apologised for once supporting Zuma.

“Remember Sharpeville. Remember Marikana when you vote. Salute.”

But just a few metres away, Zuma delivered a key note address at a Human Rights Day event, where he received a hero’s welcome.

Zuma says the country must never forget the Sharpeville massacre.

“We will never forget the fact that our compatriots were brutally killed for demanding the right to equal citizenship.”

He says South Africa is a much better place after 1994.