Marikana ac­cused’s trial post­poned

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - – ANA

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

PIC­TURE: ANA

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.

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