Marikana accused’s trial postponed
SEVENTEEN mineworkers charged with the murder of 10 people in Marikana during a violent strike at Lonmin mine near Rustenburg four years ago, appeared in the North West High Court yesterday.
North West Judge President Monica Leeuw postponed the case to October 13 for the defence to file an application to review the decision of the National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams.
Abrahams has rejected the defence’s application to withdraw the charges.
The high court sitting in the Rustenburg Magistrate’s Court, ordered the accused’s lawyers file their application for review of the decision on or before September 29.
Andries Nkome, acting for the mineworkers, said that should an application not be filed by September 29, the court should proceed with the pretrial.
Anele Zonke, Xolani Nzuzu, Mzoxolo Magidiwana and 14 others are facing charges of murder, robbery, malicious damage to property and the unlawful possession of a firearm.
The charges relate to the murder of 10 people, preceding August 16, 2012, the day on which 34 mineworkers were killed by the police during a wildcat strike at Lonmin platinum mine operations in Marikana.
The State alleges the accused killed two policemen, Oupa Sello Lepaaku and Hendrick Tsietsie Monene, two Lonmin security officers, Hassan Fundi and Franz Matlhomola Mabelane, and six non-striking workers. One of the accused, Majeke Nonkonyana, has since died.
Zonke was remanded while the others had their bail of between R1 000 and R2 500 extended until their appearance in court in October.
Zonke was sentenced at the beginning of February this year, for the murder of Samancor Chrome mine’s Human Resources manager Goodman Zalukano, and the attempted murder of Thandi Zulakangana, in Kroondal near Rustenburg in 2014.
Zalukano and Zulakangana were attacked by Zonke together with Sandiso Majaxa and Siyabulela Nqwilelo, when they came out of a shopping complex in Kroondal.
Majaxa and Nqwilele were each sentenced to 41 years behind bars for their role in the crime.
During the attack, Zulakangana, who was pregnant at the time, was shot in the stomach.
Her unborn child was killed as a result.
Charges relate to the murder of 10 people
APPLICATION REVIEW: The 17 men charged with the murder of 10 people in Marikana in court in 2012. They appeared again yesterday. The trial has been postponed to October 13.