'Law to take its course against miners'

Mineral Resources Minister says the courts must decide the fate of 270 miners.

Protesters from Lonmin's Marikana Mine carried traditional weapons as they demonstrated, demanding better wages. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu on Friday reiterated that there is the rule of law in South Africa and the trial of the 270 miners accused of killing their co-workers must go ahead.

Shabangu discussed the Marikana shootings during a mining conference in Perth, Australia.

The minister said the rule of law is clear in South Africa and it needs the space for the trial of the miners to run its course.

Shabangu faced questions about the shootings amid speculations whether other mines could be affected by what happened earlier in August.

She said it is up to the courts to make a final decision on what will happen to the miners.

Meanwhile, it has been revealed that the miners are being charged under an old apartheid law.

The miners are being charged with murder and public violence.

On Thursday, the case was postponed to 6 September.

The striking miners have vowed to continue their fight for better salaries.

At the same time, President Jacob Zuma has establish a commission of inquiry to investigate the bloodbath.

The inquiry has four months to conclude its investigation.