Singing as miners arrive at court

2012-08-27 11:20

Ga-Rankuwa - Singing, chanting and wailing greeted police trucks transporting arrested Lonmin mineworkers as they arrived at the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Two groups of protesters - one of women, and a group of men - merged outside the court entrance, demanding the release of the 260 rock drillers.

The energetic protesters were waving placards. Some of the placards read: "Drop the charges, amnesty for all strikers arrested"; "The real criminals are SAPS and Lonmin"; "Phiyega you are a criminal".

The mineworkers were brought to court in trucks, escorted by members of the police's tactical response teams. The convoy drove past the protesters at the entrance at about 10:00.

The miners could be seen peeping through the small windows of the trucks, and banging on the sides.

The main entrance to the court had been sealed off by police officers with shields, wearing helmets. Two Nyala armoured vehicles were parked near the entrance.

Moments after the miners arrived, suspended ANC Youth League members, Floyd Shivambu and Sindiso Magaqa, walked past the police officers into the court premises.

The 260 mineworkers were arrested for violence at the Lonmin mine, in Marikana, North West.

They face a variety of charges including murder, attempted murder, armed robbery and public violence.

In the previous appearance, last Monday, the court heard that the 260 mineworkers were arrested following violent protests at Lonmin's platinum mine.

Thirty-four people were shot and killed while police were trying to disperse protesters. Over 78 people were wounded. Ten people had already died in the week before the clash.

The State asked for a seven-day postponement, saying the ongoing investigations were wide and complex.

The investigation would allow the State to unravel what happened at the mine, and additional charges would be laid later.

The State said the probe would be complicated by the fact that some of the miners were immigrants. For someone to be released on bail, the State first had to verify their addresses.

  • arm.witmens - 2012-08-27 11:28

    No Plackards reading "RIP 2 SAPS members killed like dogs" - ignorant sheeple. They all deserve to get fired. No sympathy for these murdering savages.

      anthonycharles.williams - 2012-08-27 12:09

      @ mzakes we all know the truth hurts.

  • osmaseko - 2012-08-27 11:30 Speak to Julius

      Arnoldus.DuToit - 2012-08-27 12:26

      It would be like speaking to a brick wall. As with everything, no government entity or people in the government (even the expelled ones) cares about anyone except themselves.

  • atholl.canterbury - 2012-08-27 11:32

    This is gonna need a Nicholsonic Intervention. Ooops! ... that's where the whole thing started ... in Chapter One. Now there is no trust, no credibility, no respect for the courts.

  • Conrad Janse van Rensburg - 2012-08-27 11:34

    Murder remains murder, no matter the cause. Let justice be upheld for those who attack the saps. An attact on a police officer is an attack on RSA, and should be treated as treason.

  • moi.carla.1980 - 2012-08-27 11:47

    "The real criminals are SAPS and Lonmin" No, the real criminals are the ones that butchered two policeman and security guards. And lets not forget the 6/7 mine workers that were also hacked to death because they did not want to participate in the strike.

  • aspruyt - 2012-08-27 11:53

    Lock them up for as long as possible and throw Julius along with Shivambu in with them. They are violent criminals!

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-08-27 11:55

    @N24 this sentence "Ten people had already died in the week before the clash" should have read "Ten people, including two policemen hacked to death and two security guards burnt to death, had already died in the week before the clash". But then while we expect the police to protect us some excel in vilifying them at every opportunity.

  • osmaseko - 2012-08-27 11:59

    Amid one of SA’s worst labour disputes, it has emerged that a company with links to the Zuma family provides contract labour to the platinum sector and other mines. This comes against the background of mining insiders, including the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), admitting that labour broking is rife in the industry – regardless of Cosatu’s agitation for a ban on brokers. JIC Mining Services lists President Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane, along with RK (Rajesh) Gupta as non-executive directors. The company is majority-owned by Oakbay Investments, the family investment vehicle of the Guptas. According to the company website, JIC provides contract workers to major industry players, including Impala Platinum where, earlier this year, four miners were killed. [[The story was also published by iol]]

  • SharonE - 2012-08-27 12:01

    South Africa: The only country in the world where people dance and sing when they are unhappy..

      anthonycharles.williams - 2012-08-27 12:11


      SharonE - 2012-08-27 12:20

      Too bad Trevor stole my line, then! I'll have a word with his agent.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-27 14:49

    Yes, let's praise and exalt these criminals, this is the ANC way.

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