Charges dropped against Marikana miners

2014-08-20 17:43

Johannesburg - Charges against 279 miners who were arrested during the August 2012 unrest at Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana were dropped in the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate's Court, north of Pretoria, on Wednesday.

"The charges were dropped due to the fact that the State would not be able to prove their cases if the matter went to trial," said Andries Nkome, who was part of the defence team.

He said this had been the defence's argument from the beginning.

The group was charged with public violence, illegal gathering, possession of dangerous weapons and intimidation following the unrest at the mine which claimed the lives of 44 people.

Initially, the miners also faced charges related to murder but these were provisionally withdrawn by the court.

Thirty-four people, mostly striking mineworkers, were shot dead in a clash with police at Marikana, near Rustenburg in the North West, on 16 August 2012 and over 70 were wounded.

Ten other people, including two police officers and two Lonmin security guards, were killed in the preceding week.

The police claimed they were trying to disarm and disperse armed striking miners who had gathered illegally at the mine.

Nkome said the miners were now weighing their options about laying charges against the police who they claimed injured and assaulted them during the arrests.

"They are considering their legal options about the assault, and their decision on how to go about the matter will be made known in due course," he said.

  • Abongile S. Ngozi - 2014-08-20 17:56

    NPA kodwa idlala ngathi

      Jack Inth - 2014-08-20 18:27

      Viva Malema! Time for Juju now!

      Madodandile Alie Jokazi - 2014-08-20 18:32

      What they suppose to do? Because the Police was not arrested

      Made-In SA - 2014-08-20 20:01

      Here come the civil claims now for the account of the taxpayer.Result of making a cadre the police Commissioner.

      Val - 2014-08-28 10:54

      @Madodandile - Ok so its perfectly ok to kill people while striking? You do know they killed people before the whole marikana event? Violence is not ok my friend, murder is not ok. If those people wanted to act like animals , they should be treated as such.

  • Rui Obed Muchenga - 2014-08-20 17:57

    What a sad day.

  • Zilindile Gagule - 2014-08-20 17:58

    That,s right what Garankuwa court did because the state was trying to cover their brutality by arresting the miners.

      Jack Inth - 2014-08-20 18:42

      Ya, comrade. Viva Malema!

  • Zilindile Gagule - 2014-08-20 18:05

    That,s right what Garankuwa court did because the state was trying to cover their brutality by arresting the miners.

      Scrotie McBoogerballs McBoogerballs - 2014-08-20 19:34

      Remind us who turned up with weapons and started rioting?

  • Hank Shizmeister - 2014-08-20 18:14

    But of course! SA only protects criminal scum. The police shouldn't have stopped shooting so soon.

  • SheilanDerek de Beer - 2014-08-20 18:15

    TWO years later..!!!! wow the NPA is op en wakker..!!!

  • Kevin Marsh - 2014-08-20 18:20

    This is another slap in the face for SAP who will never win against crime when the government does not enforce the law .

  • Scrotie McBoogerballs McBoogerballs - 2014-08-20 18:33

    Why? Because law enforcement in SA is non-existent.

      Scrotie McBoogerballs McBoogerballs - 2014-08-20 19:10

      Everybody has the right to peaceful protest. I won't excuse myself for being against violent protest in my country. People carrying weapons at a protest deserve to face the law.

  • Tridals Mphuti - 2014-08-20 18:58

    When read this comment I find them very similar to those of 1961 Sharpeville, 1976 Soweto. Only white people and those in favor of capitalism are sad and they even wishes more could be killing in 2012 Marikina

  • mica gogome - 2014-08-20 19:06

    Eish,no truth in this world,justice system is failing us.Police officer and security officers were murdered.No justice for them and their families.

  • Brian Bagnall - 2014-08-20 19:50

    This sis the best thing that can happen. It would have developed into a very great expensive court case and got nowhere.

  • Daveu - 2014-08-20 20:11

    Those miners are guilty of all the charges that were dropped. Including murder of 7 innocent members during the strike period. NPA I have no faith in you

  • Daveu - 2014-08-20 20:13

    White people! !!!! What about justice. @afriman. Your comments and you should be banned from this forum. U racist

  • Jason Strauss - 2014-08-20 20:13

    The footage shows a different story.

  • criticallyhonest - 2014-08-20 20:35

    That does not make them innocent!

  • Nhlanganiso Faku - 2014-08-20 20:47

    shoddy work by the police,whom do yu blame,the miners or police.

  • Renegade - 2014-08-21 00:29

    Should read SAPS opens it's legs!!!

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