Marikana move welcomed

2012-09-02 22:38

Pretoria - The justice ministry on Sunday welcomed the National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA) decision to withdraw murder charges against 270 Lonmin mineworkers.

"We welcome the decision, but will await [a] formal report as requested," said Justice Minister Jeff Radebe.

The workers were initially charged with murder, attempted murder and public violence following the unrest that left 34 people dead and 78 others injured on 16 August.

The NPA said the group would be issued with warnings concerning the murder charges on their next court appearance on 6 September.

The other charges would remain. The African National Congress has also welcomed the move.

"This decision will allow the commission of inquiry established by the President to do its work and for police to continue with their investigations," said party spokesperson, Jackson Mthembu.

Meanwhile, the "Friends of the Youth League" which is associated with axed ANC Youth League head, Julius Malema, blamed the Lonmin tragedy on the country's leadership.

Floyd Shivambu of the group said : "If there was leadership in South Africa, the lengthy unreasoned, horrible and inhuman incarnation (sic) and imprisonment of mineworkers who survived the massacre would have been avoided."

The "Friends of the Youth League" have vowed to stand behind the workers, who continue to demand higher wages.

  • hellodanie - 2012-09-02 22:49

    Can the press stop giving 'Floyd Shivambu' and Julius Malema 'a voice'. They do not represent anything good in this country and none of us, black and white, need to hear from them.

      gary.scande - 2012-09-02 22:55

      Guilty, no, not guilty, um hold on, what was it, utterances or tendencies, hold on I think it was counter revolutionary, no no no, I have it apartheid, blame it on apartheid.

      mknnko003 - 2012-09-02 22:56

      Thank you, specifically, News24

      nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2012-09-03 06:45

      calvin with your partners who does not understand politics you need malema,because you are uneducated,,,malema has a big house,big cars but you have nothing,they just use you as a step-laddar boy

  • mknnko003 - 2012-09-02 22:58

    Why were they Charged with murder charges? Did the kill someone? This is a waste of time and public resources. Last week their charged, This week the charges are revoked. What is going on?

      xoli.themba - 2012-09-02 23:32

      don,t forget we r going 2 mongaung that is the problem.

      sw.heerden - 2012-09-02 23:46

      Yes in fact they did. 2 police officers, 2 security guards, and quote 8 other people....

  • morwammazwi - 2012-09-02 23:01

    NPA intergrity is in jeopardy, believe me or not. I doubt if they know what they are doing cos they \r\ndemonstrated lack of professionalism.

  • Pete7930 - 2012-09-02 23:15


  • Hugh - 2012-09-02 23:20

    Any bets after they were arrested no forensic evidence was taken. To have been involved in the hacking to death of innocents would mean blood spatter on anyone in close proximity.

  • Erna - 2012-09-03 00:03

    NPA is definitely not coming up smelling of roses!

  • david.eccles.182 - 2012-09-03 00:06

    What a load of crap

      joubert.joep - 2012-09-03 03:58

      No mind games... Then we charge then we don't is anything in SA working anymore? Give the country to Floyd and Juju and finish this crap - we are going down so let's do it quickly!

  • zip.reeper - 2012-09-03 01:12

    the accused are not making a mockery of justice, the 'authorities' are.

  • Lee.CPT.ZA - 2012-09-03 02:55

    What a joke ........

  • nofikathiniskeyi.eunice - 2012-09-03 05:25

    what a good nuws am happy for them one thing left there must take out of that dem jail so that they can go back to work

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-03 07:49

      Yes, way to show criminals they can't break the law. Strike, burn, break and kill, it's fine you will be released tomorrow. Don't cry when the police shoot the next bunch at the next striking mine.

      Johan De Beer - 2012-09-03 10:18

      ¥£<|{<>£#|!#%.Eunice , is that your name? Shame, that must be why you can't spell or speak properly.

  • tw2066 - 2012-09-03 05:43

    Whats wrong with the ANC? Either their supporters are dumb, or the ANC expects them to be dumb!!! The ANC is the JUSTICE MINISTRY, and the ANC is in the majority at the NPA. We know this. So the ANC brought up charges, that JZ REFUSED to drop, until he noticed the outcry from his voters. So now they have been dropped by the same people who brought up the charges and the spin is that they WELCOME their change of mind?? Hey this ANC certainly knows how to BS the masses. As for the friends of Malema, WHY do you report on this? Rather report on RACIST SAA, or draw attention to township crime or the plight of farmers.

      B.b. - 2012-09-03 06:30

      U know how to create strories and relate each and every event to make ur story more interesting. Big ups!

      tristan.raglansmith - 2012-09-03 09:59

      The facts remain, this incident has happened and has to be dealt with. It is the responsibility of our justice system to sort this mess out, whether other issues need to be addressed(agreed). The problem arises when "big names" such as malema decide to use these issues for his personal agenda in criticizing the goverment. He has been expelled for a reason and that is that. Input from people like this only create more issues to the problem and merely deviate the focus of resolving such issues. The justice system is not a complicated system to understand, it is enforced to protect everyone and everything(entity), and when applied to any situation a resolution will become. 'Input and comments from big names' that are not part of the justice system should not affect this. Like this tragic incident shows, no one is more important than another, so why should one's words be more affecting than any normal citizen.? Great arguement tw2066.

  • Thebigguyjim - 2012-09-03 06:20

    The NPA has no credibility left. Disband it.

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-09-03 07:05

    The ministry should not interfere or put pressure on the prosecuting authority in a true democracy. But the, this government and many of it's electorate does not know the meaning of democracy!

  • lizwi.makala.3 - 2012-09-03 07:24

    What a rhyme,16 June,1976.Now 16 August,2012.Hip-hop artists here is the line,continue with blacks killing 1 onather.

  • momoza.mjana - 2012-09-03 07:48

    Thank u NPA.

  • donnmakaveli - 2012-09-03 07:59

    Ma heart swells to think of the herculean effort of politicians who put into pretending like their heart bleeds with masses on the ground. I have to pinch maself to remember if it is a shimmering mirage or a beckoning big pool of juicy lies cuz the ish can be convincing sometimes.

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