Marikana: Injured mineworkers face murder charges on their release from hospital

2012-08-29 00:00

THE injured mineworkers who were visited by President Jacob Zuma in hospital after escaping a hail of bullets in Marikana will be charged with murder and public violence on their release from hospital.

This was revealed during the bail hearing in the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate’s Court, heard yesterday, where North West police also told the court that Lonmin had made it clear that it would not reinstate any of its 125 employees who were among the 259 people arrested after the massacre of 34 mineworkers.

A group of about 100 people, relatives and colleagues of the accused, gathered outside court and protested.

North West head of detectives Brigadier Gideon Jacobus van Zyl told the court that police did not have tangible evidence linking the arrested miners to the murders of 34 mineworkers.

The state said it intended opposing bail and then applied to have the bail hearing postponed for a week. The court will hear closing arguments on the application today.

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