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Marikana lawyers: It’s too soon to charge anyone

An attorney says while some charges against miners were withdrawn, it's too soon to re-arrest anyone.

FILE: Miners fill the court room as they await judgement for the release of the Marikana report on 15 June 2015. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Lawyers representing the injured and arrested miners from Marikana say it's premature for anyone to be charged at this point as further investigations need to take place.

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry's report found that police and miners should be referred to the director of public prosecutions to determine whether there's a basis for prosecution.

The inquiry cost around R150 million and sat for more than 300 working days but its findings have been criticised, especially by the Marikana community.

Over the weekend the injured and arrested miners consulted with their lawyers and have resolved to continue with civil action against the state.

Attorney Andries Nkome says while some of the charges against the miners were withdrawn, it's too soon to re-arrest anyone at this stage.

"The commission has recommended that another forum be set up to probe who should be charged and what for."

Meanwhile, Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has opened cases against Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa for his involvement, as well as ministers and police commissioners.

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