Arrested miners to miss funerals of colleagues

The 270 Marikana miners who will remain in custody will miss the funerals of their colleagues.

Striking Lonmin workers walk past a dead body in Marikana mine on 14 August, 2012. The area has been gripped by violence which has resulted in at least 10 deaths. Picture: @ewnreporter on Twitter.

GA-RANKUWA - Around 270 Lonmin miners who were arrested will spend another week in prison resulting in them missing the funerals of their fallen colleagues.

The men's bail application was put on hold on Thursday when the Ga-rankuwa Magistrates Court granted the prosecution a week's postponement to allow police to conduct further investigations.

The men are being held in the Pretoria Central Prison and Mogwaswe in the North West, and will return to court next Thursday.

Former ANC youth league leader Julius Malema urged Marikana residents to keep supporting the men.

"Our biggest worry is that most of the people who were killed at the mountain will be buried this weekend. This means that these men will not be able to bury their own colleagues."

Meanwhile, Malema also visited Aurora mine in Springs on Thursday.

Malema told miners that politicians were benefitting from the mines.

He told the crowd that the ANC government is losing control of the masses.

Malema have been criticised for using the crisis to take a jab at President Jacob Zuma's leadership.