COSATU welcomes dropping of murder charges

3 September 2012

The Congress of South African Trade Unions welcomes the decision by the Prosecuting Authority to drop the murder and attempted murder against the 270 arrested Marikana mineworkers, and demands their immediate release, as the NPA have promised.

COSATU repeats its view that the charges should never have been laid in the first place and that the NPA should have waited for the findings of the Judicial Commission of Enquiry, which is tasked with uncovering the truth of what happened on 16 August and the preceding period, before pre-judging the arrested workers on the basis of their own version of the facts.

The Commission of Enquiry must be allowed to complete its work as quickly as possible, and must thoroughly examine all the very serious allegations being made in the media about the role of the police in the day’s tragic events.

Patrick Craven (National Spokesperson)
Congress of South African Trade Unions
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