Marikana case postponed

The matter was delayed in order to allow police more time to investigate and verify addresses.

Protesters demonstrate outside the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate's Court, north of Pretoria on Tuesday, 28 August 2012 where mineworkers appeared in connection with the violence at Lonmin's Marikana mine in the North West. Picture: Sapa.

GA-RANKUWA - The Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate's Court on Thursday granted the state a postponement in the case involving 270 Lonmin mineworkers.

The matter was delayed for a week in order to allow police more time to investigate and verify the addresses of the accused.

The men face charges of murder and public violence for their alleged involvement in the violence at Lonmin's Marikana mine, which left 44 people dead.

Two weeks ago, police opened fire on protesting workers killing 34 people and wounding 78 others.

While handing down his judgment, Magistrate Essau Bodigelo said it would be in the interest of justice for the court to have sufficient evidence before deciding on whether to grant the suspects bail.

Inside court, 264 of the accused were being briefed by their lawyers about the postponement.

Former ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader Julius Malema conveyed the outcome to demonstrators outside court.