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Lonmin workers support grows outside court

A group of demonstrators gathered outside the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrates Court to support arrested miners.

Marikana women support their mineworker husbands by protesting. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

PRETORIA - A large number of supporters gathered outside the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrates Court on Monday where 259 Lonmin miners appeared.

Dozens of people, most of them women, demonstrated outside the court.

Police moved them out of the courtyard saying their loud singing disrupted court processes.

They demanded the release of miners who were arrested last week following violent protests at the Marikana mine in the North West province.

Marchers danced in the street, brandishing placards while riot police keep a close watch on them.

Some of the demonstrators said the men, who were in police custody since Thursday, were not criminals.

They referred to police as "cold blooded killers".

The men are accused of killing other miners, security guards and police officers in Marikana and later attacking police.

The unrest saw a total of 44 people killed with 34 of them dying in a bloody shootout with police on Thursday.

The other 10 died in the week prior to the shootout.