Marikana trial finally got underway

On 16 August, 2012, a week of bloody clashes at the Lonmin platinum mine in the North West’s Marikana ended with police opening fire on a crowd of striking workers and killing 34 of them. The most lethal use of state force in post-apartheid South Africa’s history, the Marikana massacre[…]

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16 mine workers in court for 2012 Marikana killings

A group of 16 mine workers accused of killings during the Marikana unrest in 2012 will know on Friday if their prosecution will continue. They will appear in the North West High Court sitting in Mogwase outside Rustenburg. This follows their application to the high court that charges against them[…]

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18 Marikana crimes suspects due in court

The trial of 18 suspects linked to crimes in Marikana in 2012 is expected to resume at the Mahikeng High Court sitting in Mogwase outside Rustenburg Monday morning. They are facing charges of murder, robbery, malicious damage to property and unlawful possession of firearm and ammunition following a violent strike[…]

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23 dead in CT’s Marikana as war rages between gangs

Hundreds of people, including children, have fled Cape Town’s Marikana informal settlement as gangs and community protection patrols fight it out in a war that has left 23 dead in the past three weeks. At night residents are woken by the sound of automatic gunfire as the patrols and criminals[…]

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NPA must prosecute 2012 Marikana deaths, Amnesty says

Amnesty International urged South African authorities to move forward with prosecutions over the killing by police of 34 people in a single day at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum operations five years ago. “The tragedy of the Marikana killings is compounded by the shocking fact that no one responsible for the bloodshed[…]

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Parly to seek legal advice in Phiyega’s challenge

The Chairperson of Parliament’s Police Portfolio Committee, Francois Beukma, says they will seek legal advice this week following suspended National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega’s decision to challenge the findings of the Claasen report. According to the report, Phiyega is unfit to hold office. She was suspended in 2015. The move[…]

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