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19 miners charged for deaths of Marikana 10

The miners have been charged for the deaths of two police officers, two security guards and six miners.

Miners sing songs of remembrance on the Koppie in Marikana. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says a pre-trial conference will take place in December to finalise criminal proceedings against Marikana miners who have now been charged.

Yesterday the miners were charged at the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrates Court for the deaths of ten people in the days leading up to the massacre in 2012.

Two police officers, two security guards and six miners were killed during the violent protest, days before police were called in and shot and killed 34 protesters.

The NPA says it waited for the Farlam Commission of Inquiry's report to be released before charging the miners.

Nineteen miners have been charged and two have passed away, but the NPA has not been given their death certificates. They face charges of murder, attempted murder, malicious damage to property, as well as the unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.

The NPA's Frank Lesenyego says a pretrial conference has been set for December.

"The pretrial will determine the confirmation that their legal representation has been appointed, any formal admission which the State has got to secure and determine if there are any pleas they are tendering on the commencement of the trial."

The miners' lawyers say they are being charged is too early and they wanted to give their view on who should be charged for which crimes.

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