The Presidency says it has noted plans by some in the political circles to lay charges against Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, senior government ministers and officials following the release of the Marikana report.
The statement comes after Economic Freedom Fighters said it would lay criminal charges against Ramaphosa on Friday for his alleged part in the deaths of the Lonmin miners in Marikana.
The party will also lay charges against former Police minister Nathi Mthethwa, National Police Commissioner, Riah Phiyega and former North West police commissioner Zukiswa Mbombo.
Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa says, “Following the release of the Farlam Commission’s report into the Marikana tragedy, we wish to state that in respect of the findings related to Deputy President Ramaphosa personally, the commission’s findings are clear.”
EFF leader Julius Malema argues that the Marikana Commission of Inquiry report’s findings, which exonerated the both Mthethwa and Ramaphosa of any wrong doing, did not meet the expected standards.
The EFF says one way or the other, Ramaphosa, who was a non-executive for Lonmin, should be charged for what they call a conspiracy to murdering mine-workers, referring to an email Ramaphosa sent to then police minister, Mthethwa in the days leading to the unrest in Marikana.
His reaction comes a week, after Marikana Commission found nothing wrong against all accused, although Phiyega’s fitness to hold office was questioned.