259 Marikana protesters due in court

2012-08-20 09:42

Garankuwa - A total of 259 Marikana protesters were expected to appear in the Garankuwa Magistrate's Court on Monday.

"They will all appear in the Garankuwa Magistrate's Court on various charges which include murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, public violence and more," Captain Dennis Adrio said.

The protesters were arrested on Thursday following the violent confrontation between police and striking workers of Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana, North West.

A total of 34 people were killed in the shoot-out that erupted near the mine on Thursday when police tried to disperse striking miners. More than 78 people were injured. Another 10 people had by then been killed in violent protests at the mine over the past week.

The protests were believed to be linked to rivalry between the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) over recognition agreements at the mine. Workers also wanted higher wages.

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  • blignault.michaele - 2012-08-20 09:52

    Good...hope they get a worthwhile sentence for instigating illegal action at what should have been a peacful demonstration, which they turned into an absolute is always a handful that spoil it for the majority....

  • arm.witmens - 2012-08-20 09:55

    Good. I hope they fire the lot. Killing to get your point across is savage and "people" resorting to such animalistic behaviour should not be given any leniancy. Why Lonmin is paying for the dead people's children is a mystery. They were criminals and murderers, what message are we sending the youth?

      malcolm.macleod.562 - 2012-08-20 10:40

      It is called empathy and it is a good gesture on behalf of the mine. The children are not murderers and they are now one "bread winner" less in the family. Spare a thought for them, they are not responsible for what their fathers have done - just as I am not responsible for the apartheid my "ancestors" (actually other peoples ancestors but I digress) implemented. Be careful how you treat others as you will be treated the same. I do think these people are responsible for their own demise, and agree that those involved should be fired, but your reaction shows you to be an animal yourself - it is people like you who help keep racial hatred alive and the ANC in power. Shame on you.

  • jack.russel.14268769 - 2012-08-20 09:56

    and this episode boys and girls is a taste of the mines within ANC and Union controll

  • steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-08-20 09:57

    Where are the union bosses, they should be nailed as well. Typical, using their members as cannon-fodder. A really sad business. Any loss of life is one too many.

  • kevin.moxham.3 - 2012-08-20 10:07

    These people are not the victims (nor those orchestrating the violence)they are directly responsibe for this ciminality - for too long now these criminals have 'gotten away with murder' - i hope justice is served..!

  • julian.booyens - 2012-08-20 10:14

    Headline later today on News24: "259 Marikana protesters case dismissed due to the lack of evidence"

      Lacrimose - 2012-08-20 10:50

      They'll all get bail

  • gerhardus.stefanus.5 - 2012-08-20 10:30

    Lol I read macarena protestors in the heading. I think it would have been better if everybody broke in song and dance to express themselves. It always works in the movies... tear

      malcolm.macleod.562 - 2012-08-20 10:42

      I would certainly give in to the demands rather than see something as awful as the macarena come back again, you might be on to something...

  • joe.peters.56 - 2012-08-20 10:34

    Vote DA

  • walter.lebza - 2012-08-20 10:35

    The last paragraph appeared on more than 100 or more articles on n24, People who write this articles are masters of COPY AND PASTE.

  • tiaan.truter - 2012-08-20 10:40

    Guess they going to release 259 people from prison now to make space so that the new ones can go in...because theres no space anymore

  • luvo.mafanga.5 - 2012-08-20 10:40

    terrible incident indeed, the government should make sure that these peaple gets their demands to justify what the police have done..iam very sorry for those who lost their loved ones bt they must stay in God he will make them happy.

  • luvo.mafanga.5 - 2012-08-20 10:46

    this remind me of the apartheid error where peaple were killed like dogs, mine workers are still living a slavery life..they are working hard in risky conditions but they are earning peanuts...thats unfair they should recieve their demands now

      malcolm.macleod.562 - 2012-08-20 11:02

      And what are your thoughts on the people that were butchered by this mob earlier in the week, were you okay with that and think that should have carried on, or do you agree that the police did need to do something? How do you propose that the police should have dealt with the situation?

  • busane.khasibe - 2012-08-20 11:15

    It is now becoming culture under this foolish president in S.A that when people are not satisfied and excersizing their right to strike the get arrested!! What for

      malcolm.macleod.562 - 2012-08-20 11:22

      They are arrested because they kill and destroy. The right to strike does not include the right to kill, threaten and destroy. Also they strike illegally instead of doing it properly through legal channels as is required. It is important when exercising your rights that you do not trample upon the rights of others. This cannot be allowed and is the very reason why we have a police force.

  • busane.khasibe - 2012-08-20 11:15

    It is now becoming culture under this foolish president in S.A that when people are not satisfied and excersizing their right to strike the get arrested!! What for

  • tory.evans.18 - 2012-08-20 11:48

    Perhaps the fat cats in managemnet in the mines should take a cut in pay in future and share the profits with the people at the rock face. Human greed knows know race...

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