Miners' lawyers: Pro-Malema group to pay

2012-08-20 22:30
Former ANC Youth League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu speaks to police officers outside the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate's Court. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Former ANC Youth League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu speaks to police officers outside the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate's Court. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

Pretoria - Marikana residents will lay murder charges against the police officers who shot dead Lonmin miners, former ANC Youth League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu said on Monday.

He said Friends of the Youth League, an organisation aligned to former African National Congress Youth League president Julius Malema, would pay for the legal representation for the 260 miners accused of public violence.

"The community has given us a clear mandate that these people who were arrested have proper legal representation. We have done that," said Shivambu.

"The community is irritated. They are very angry. People are dismayed by what happened."

The organisation, residents and survivors of Thursday's violent protest would open the case at the Marikana police station.

"The people do not understand how the government sent police to go and kill them. You can't kill a person and not be held accountable.

"The people who killed these people should be arrested. They must prove in court if the killing was in self defence. It should not be assumed," Shivambu said after Monday's appearance, in the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate's Court, of the 260 mineworkers, in groups of about 40.

He had been at the court since morning, singing and dancing with several women protesting outside. The women were demanding the release of their husbands, brothers, and fathers.

The court denied bail to all 260 Lonmin workers on Monday. All but one of them, who was in hospital, would be held at various police stations.

Magistrate Esau Bodigelo postponed the case to 27 August for further investigation.

The miners were arrested on charges of public violence during violent protests at Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana, North West, on Thursday.

Prosecutor Bafana Tlangwane asked for a seven-day postponement. He told the court the ongoing investigations were wide and complex.

The postponement would allow the State to unravel what had happened at the mine. Additional charges could be brought later. Tlangwane said the investigation would be complicated by the fact that some of the miners were immigrants.

For someone to be released on bail, their home address had to be verified by the State, Tlangwane said.

In response, defence lawyer Andries Kome argued the rights of the mineworkers had been infringed, as any arrested person was supposed to be brought to court within 48 hours.

Kome said where one slept after work could be regarded as home, so the mineworkers had verifiable addresses.

Bodigelo agreed the workers' accommodation near the mines could be verified as their homes. This applied to all 260 workers.

Shivambu described the bail decision as unfair.

"It's not fair. These people should have been allowed to go and bury their colleagues," he said.

Court proceedings were translated into several languages, including Shangaan, Zulu, Tshwana, and Shona, the main language spoken in Zimbabwe.

- SAPA
Read more on:    lonmin  |  floyd shivambu  |  mahikeng  |  mining unrest
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
71 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Fashion
 

6 life hacks you simply have to know

A few simple tricks can make your life so much easier!

 
 

For chic geeks...

Device lets disabled people talk through their nose
It’s THIS easy for someone to steal your ATM pin!
This is why you should install iOS 8
17 photo illusions that look so real

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Your sense of duty is emphasized and you may put your heart and soul into helping, serving and being there for the community in a...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.