More Marikana miners could be freed

2012-09-06 07:24

Johannesburg - Another group of Marikana miners could possibly be released on warnings when they appear in the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

The first group of workers was freed on Monday.

A total of 270 men were arrested for public violence after police opened fire on a group of protesting workers, killing 34 of them and wounding 78 near Lonmin's Marikana platinum mine on August 16.

Ten people, including two policemen and two security guards, were killed in the preceding week.

Last week, prosecutors said the men, charged with public violence, would also be charged with the murder and attempted murder of their colleagues.

The murder and attempted murder charges were provisionally withdrawn on Sunday after a public outcry.

The National Prosecuting Authority announced the men would be released in phases after each of their addresses had been verified.

  • frank.vankaapstad - 2012-09-06 07:56

    Release them so that they can go back to the violent protests and the intimidation of their non-striking colleagues. It's fascinating that in spite of what happened in August the strikers still carry sticks and blades with them, is that not a clear indication of their intent? If they want to strike do so without weapons and do so peacefully. They would obviously rather murder and destroy than achieve a workable solution. Kill mine management and shut down the shaft, that way the "evil white man" gets no money. Then where are the wages going to come from? Is Juju going to pay you?

      judith.p.miller.7 - 2012-09-06 08:48

      A black lady told me this week that blacks in SA are taking revenge on white people. They want to take everything from white people cos they feel it was stolen from them. The trouble with revenge is that you hurt yourself in the process. Revenge is Mine saith the Lord.....they'll all burn in hell...

  • malungisa.samuel - 2012-09-06 11:01

    You vote 4 zuma look now is better to vote 4 udm cause monthlate no one knows that where he stand he is afraid of zuma

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