Lonmin miners charged with killing cop

Four miners who were arrested on Tuesday have been charged with murdering two policemen.

A man is wielding a panga around Marikana where violence at the Lonmin mines on 14 August, 2012. Around 3000 drill operators down tools during a illegal strike. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - North West police confirmed on Thursday that four miners arrested in Marikana on Tuesday night would appear court in connection with the murders of two policemen and one security guard, who were killed during the unrest.

The two police officers were hacked to death near Lonmin's Marikana Mine in August - shortly after miners embarked on an unprotected strike over wages.

The group was arrested on their way back from hearings at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry, held at the Rustenburg Civic Centre, also in the North West.

Three more arrests have been made in connection with the murders of 10 miners in the area, during the same time.

Police spokesperson Thulani Ngubane said investigations were continuing into the total 47 deaths during the five-week stoppage.