Charges dropped against army protesters

2015-03-03 22:17

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Johannesburg - Public violence charges against soldiers accused of marching illegally to the Union Buildings in Pretoria in August 2009 were struck off the roll by the Military Court in Heidelberg on Tuesday.

"The public violence charges were struck off the roll by the court," said Brigadier General Xolani Mabanga.

The trial of 35 soldiers who were charged for being AWOL was at the same time postponed to Wednesday.

"[The] Director Military Prosecutions intends to provisionally withdraw charges against the accused."

The charges could, however, be reinstated at any time, Mabanga said.

On 26 August 2009 around 1000 soldiers participated in a protest march in Pretoria. They had clashed with police who had to use rubber bullets and teargas.

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