Govt has no regrets about deaths - FYL

2012-08-31 09:19
Floyd Shivambu (File, Sapa)

Floyd Shivambu (File, Sapa)

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2012-08-30 18:16

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Johannesburg - Charging 270 Lonmin mineworkers with murder is a sign that the South African government does not regret the killing of 34 miners, the Friends of the Youth League (FYL) said on Thursday.

"This decision is the most bizarre, hilarious, horrible, insensitive, disgusting, terrible, sick, and totally unacceptable decision any sensitive government of the people can ever take," said FYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu.

On Thursday, the State added murder to the charges against 270 miners arrested after police opened fire on a group of striking workers gathered on a hill near Lonmin's Marikana mine, killing 34 of them and wounding 78 on August 16.

The National Prosecuting Authority said all the arrested miners would be charged with murder, attempted murder and public violence. The miners appeared in the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate's Court.

Bail application postponed

"The mourning displayed by some of the ministers, the assurances given by Mr Jacob Zuma and his cabinet are nothing but pure lie to mislead workers, and the people of South Africa," said Shivambu.

He said the FYL was also dismayed by the courts' decision to allow the State to postpone the workers' bail application.

"In South African law... those who get arrested should appear for bail application within 48 hours, but the Lonmin mineworkers are now in police stations and prisons for more than 15 days."

Shivambu said the court was failing to administer justice.

Expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema told protesters outside the court that charging the miners with murder was madness.

"The policemen who killed those people are not in custody, not even one of them. This is madness," he said. "The whole world saw the policemen kill those people."

He said the FYL had arranged lawyers to represent the miners.
- SAPA
Read more on:    lonmin  |  police  |  fyl  |  julius malema  |  floyd shivambu  |  mahikeng  |  protests  |  mining unrest  |  labour  |  mining
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