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gavel thumb100 NA reports that 17 mineworkers facing multiple charges relating to a violent strike at Lonmin platinum mine operations in Marikana four years ago briefly appeared in the North West High Court in Mogwase on Monday.  

The case was postponed to 4 February 2019, due to an application the accused have brought before the High Court in Pretoria to review National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Shaun Abrahams decision to prosecute them.  The accused are facing 26 counts ranging from attempted murder, murder, malicious damage to property, robbery, unlawful possession of firearms and also unlawful possession of ammunition.  The charges relate to the murder of 10 people, in the days preceding 16 August 2012 when 34 mineworkers were killed by the police during a wildcat strike at Lonmin platinum mine operations in Marikana.  The State alleges the group killed two policemen, two Lonmin security officers and three non-striking workers.

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