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Trial of 19 Marikana miners to resume on Monday

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The trial of 19  mineworkers appearing on different charges during Marikana massacre are expected to resume at the North West High Court of Mahikeng, North West, on Monday morning.

Anele Zonke and others are facing charges of murder, robbery, malicious damage to property and unlawful possession of firearm.

The charges relate to the five days preceding August 16 2012, the day on which 34 mineworkers were gunned down in a bloody stand-off with the police.

Two police officials and the two security personnel were also killed following the strike. The mine workers were on strike demanding a wage hike of R12 500.

Their trial was suspended waiting for the outcome of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry which investigated the cause of the tragedy.

Following the tragedy, many political parties flocked into the informal settlement and used it as a political battle ground prior to the recent local government elections.

[Source: SABC]
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