- Julius Malema has blamed Cyril Ramaphosa for the Marikana massacre
- He said the president was neither charged nor arrested following the deaths
- Malema added that the massacre made Ramaphosa a "hero" in the eyes of some
Julius Malema has said that Cyril Ramaphosa was promoted to president after "killing" black people.
He made the comments while addressing a crowd.
Malema was referring to the Marikana massacre in 2013 which saw 17 miners killed by police. Malema blamed Ramaphosa for the deaths.
The EFF leader was referring to the fact that Ramaphosa was on the board of Lonmin when the massacre took place. Ramaphosa had written emails, asking for police to take a harsher stance against the protesting miners.
As a result, Malema said the massacre led to Ramaphosa being viewed as a hero to "enemies of black people", according to The Citizen. He implied that Ramaphosa's link to the massacre even helped him become president. Malema went on to say that Ramaphosa himself was an "enemy of our people".
Malema added that Ramaphosa was never arrested or demoted over the deaths. The EFF's official Twitter account shared a clip of the speech. It said Malema was sharing an "emotional truth" on how "Black Lives don't matter".
This comes after the SA Human Rights Commission ruled that some of Malema's previous provocative comments did not amount to hate speech. This included Malema saying that Indians treated black people and that he was not calling for the slaughter of white people "for now".
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