eNCA, 20 June 2014
CAPE TOWN – Julius Malema stands by his claim that the African National Congress (ANC) murdered 34 miners in Marikana.
“No prison, not even death, can stop this idea that the ANC murdered people,” Malema said during an Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) press conference on Friday.
“They can expel us. We are not here for anything but to advance the revolution.”
The EFF press conference followed the party’s walk out of the National Assembly on Thursday. Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Thandi Modise, had asked Malema three times to withdraw his comments on the deaths of Marikana mineworkers two years ago.
Modise told the Assembly, “”I have arrived at the conclusion that the statements made by honourable Malema are unparliamentary and do not accord with the decorum of this house.”
That evening the ANC released a statement calling Malema’s claims “disingenuous” and noting the murder of 44 miners, police and security guards was under review during the Farlam Commission.
The statement read, “The ANC as the leader of society believes in the sanctity of life and that everything should be done to avoid death.”
On Friday, Malema and members of his party’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) were insistent the ANC murdered the mineworkers in August 2012.
“We don’t take them serious[ly] since they murdered our people in Marikana,” said Malema.
“The day they killed our people in Marikana they lost our respect and their credibility and legitimacy as a people’s movement.”
Meanwhile, outside parliament, EFF supporters gathered without a permit to march in front of the Louis Botha statue. Some of those pariticipating told eNCA they had heard about the meeting via social media.
“We want to support our leaders,” said Xolani Jack.