‘Zuma murdered our people’, Says Malema

By IndepthAfrica
In News
Aug 20th, 2012

African National Congress (ANC) youth leader Julius Malema addresses the crowd August 30, outside Luthuli house in Johannesburg. South Africa’s ruling ANC has scrapped a plan to move a disciplinary hearing against the controversial youth wing leader to a secret venue, the party said Wednesday

Former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema on Sunday called for President Jacob Zuma and Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to step down.

Malema, addressing striking workers, said Zuma did not do anything to prevent the killings at the Lonmin mine in the North West, even after 10 people had initially been killed.

A total of 34 striking mineworkers were gunned down when police opened fire on them last week Thursday.

“Today, they have turned their backs against you,” Malema said.

He added that the president should step down because he betrayed the poorest of South Africans.

“President Zuma’s government has massacred our people and will continue to murder our people, and that is why today they are showing no remorse.”

Malema was in Marikana over the weekend to address workers who have been on an illegal strike for over a week.

The violence that ensued was blamed on inter-union rivalry between the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Association (AMCU).

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