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gavel thumb100 ANA reports that a 36-year-old taxi driver accused of the attempted murder of an Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) leader appeared briefly in the Brits Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.  

The case against Simphiwe Silwane was postponed to 1 February, for a bail application to be heard before a new magistrate.  The magistrate recused himself because he became aware that Silwane was linked to a case he had previously presided over.  Silwane is accused of shooting at Amcu branch chairman at Western Platinum, Malibongwe Mdazo, on 22 July, in Mooinooi near Brits.  Silwane was arrested in Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape in December.  Silwane has been charged together with Nkosinathi Mantashe and Samkelo Mkhutshwa.  Mantashe is out on R10,000 bail and Mkhutshwa on R2,500 bail.  They are expected to again appear in the Brits Magistrates’ Court on 31 January.  A large number of Amcu members in their green union T-shirts attended the court proceeding.

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