Presently surrounded by many ‘vincible and invincible’ fights and many more ahead, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema (Juju) has won one – with hopes of winning more with time.
Malema’s victory came this morning when the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal by National Council of Provinces (NCOP) chairperson Thandi Modise.
The Western Cape High Court earlier ruled in August 2015 that Modise acted wrongly by asking Julius Malema to leave the National Assembly for alleging that the government massacred Marikana mineworkers.
Juju Slams Zuma
Speaking during his maiden speech at the parliamentary debate on Zuma’s state-of-the-nation address in June 2014, the EFF leader said: “The ANC government massacred those people in Marikana” – referring to the shooting of 34 protesting mineworkers by police in 2012.
“You (Zuma) are extremely scared of white people, especially white monopoly capital.”
“The ANC is part of an elite pact that seeks to protect white monopoly capital, and white minority privileges and this has led to the formation of the EFF because there was a political vacuum and nature does not allow the vacuum,” he said at that time.
However, after opening the can of worms, the ANC demanded that he withdraws his statement but Malema refused. This act thereafter left Modise with no choice but to open a case against him.
So, in August 2015, the Western Cape High Court flung away Modise’s decision that Juju must withdraw his statement that the “ANC government massacred” the mineworkers at Marikana and that the police officers who carried out the killing did so in cahoot with ANC government.
The court also said that Modise’s ruling over Juju’s statement was unparliamentary and that the opposition leader was justified in refusing to withdraw it.
The Marikana massacre started as a wildcat strike at a mine owned by Lonmin in the Marikana area, close to Rustenburg, South Africa in 2012.
The event drew international attention following a series of violent incidents between the South African Police Service, Lonmin security and the leadership of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on the one side and strikers themselves on the other.
The violent incident 44 people dead, 41 of whom were striking mineworkers killed by police. Also, during the same incident, at least 78 additional workers were injured.