102 Marikana miners released

2012-09-06 14:32

Ga-Rankuwa - The second batch of mineworkers arrested following violence at Marikana was released in the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Magistrate Esau Bodigelo released the group of 102 men on free bail.

"Charges of murder and attempted murder against you have been withdrawn and you are being released on warning," said Bodigelo.

"The case relating to the remaining charges has been postponed. You will appear in this court next year on February 12," he said.

Another 162 men were released on Monday.

A total of 270 people were arrested for public violence after police opened fire on striking mineworkers gathered on a hill in Marikana, North West, killing 34 of them and wounding 78 on August 16.

They were later charged with murdering their colleagues, under common purpose legislation, but the charge has since been withdrawn amid a public outcry.

Announcing the withdrawal of the charges on Sunday, the NPA said the mineworkers would be released on a warning.

The NPA said the public violence case against them would be postponed pending the completion of investigations, including those of a judicial commission of inquiry set up by President Jacob Zuma.

On Thursday, a lawyer of the mineworkers, Dali Mpofu, said some of his clients would be pursuing charges including unlawful arrest, detention and assault against the police.

  • jackie.stone.501 - 2012-09-06 14:37

    When is the other 6 going to be released. I hope there are no restriction preventing them to join the strike otherwise they would be back very soon.

  • Ditantane - 2012-09-06 14:41

    and who is the hero? JUJU!!!

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-09-06 14:44

    And now they will face a "no work no pay" rule back at work.

  • osmaseko - 2012-09-06 14:48

    release our people, investigate and charge those responsible...not forgetting to charge those cops who killed the miners..they should face their day in court

      tshepoya.bamagoro - 2012-09-06 17:13

      Especially those responsible for shooting of miners at the back

  • story.modikwe - 2012-09-06 14:50

    They must SUE Nathi Mthethwa. Malema 7 - 0 Apartheid Capitalist

  • Nolubabalo - 2012-09-06 14:52

    Thats a good thing

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-09-06 15:17

    Free bail? It is either bail or they are let go, as we have no concept of 'release on their own recognizance' as many other countries do, this is a free pass.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-06 15:19

    Another report yesterday stated that not all these "miners" had a job to start! How stupid to protest if you are unemployed?

  • Arno Mcflannighan Gelderblom - 2012-09-06 15:31

    They should start shooting in every strike and riot, i think the only way to calm a riot is to start shooting,not always with live bullets, i would've done the same thing if i was in a police team of 200 standing against 2000 miners storming me with knives and pungas. Funny thing is, the ANC said there would be no riots and strikes once they got into power, now there's more than evers.

      tshepoya.bamagoro - 2012-09-06 17:15

      I think you see a psychiatrist. You are out of your mind

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