Shabangu: Let courts decide

2012-08-31 09:28

Perth - South Africa’s resources minister said on Friday the trial of 270 striking miners for the murder of their co-workers must be allowed to run its course.  

South African prosecutors on Thursday charged the miners with the murder of 34 co-workers shot dead by police using a measure called “common purpose” seldom used since the dying days of apartheid, arguing the miners were complicit in the killings since they were arrested at the scene with weapons. 

“We have a clear rule of law in South Africa... we need to allow that space to run its course and at the end of the day the courts will decide,” South African minister for mineral resources Susan Shabangu told reporters on the sidelines of a mining conference in Perth.

The killings, which occurred during a labour dispute at Lonmin’s  Marikana platinum mine, were the deadliest security incident since apartheid ended in 1994. Ten additional people were killed in the clashes between strikers from the rival unions at Marikana.

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  • trevor.izatt - 2012-08-31 09:37

    The courts will decide what they are told to decide

  • sibongile.makopi - 2012-08-31 09:58

    Hear he! Hear he! they killed their own colleagues. The more things change, the more they remain the same. What an interesting way of looking at events.

  • siyabonga.mathonsi.5 - 2012-08-31 10:01

    No wonder this minister (Shabangu)did also have the same interest as for miners exploited at Aurora on which they are still waiting for their service pay while then owners enjoying money earned during the operation of Aurora. The so called clear rules of law in south african, no wonder does it accomodate those who do not have money to hire expensive lawyers and advocates? This government is showing signs of bias.

  • Rinae Khotsia Audrey Khorommbi - 2012-08-31 10:05

    don't come with nonsense did miner short there co-worker? police must stand for there mess dnt tell court what to do n U shabangu if dont have something to say you better keep ur mouth shut ur full of corruption

  • christine.familia.1 - 2012-08-31 10:18


      gift.mushi.9 - 2012-08-31 13:11


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