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gavel thumb100 Pretoria News reports that former leaders of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), who are facing a charge of murder and two of attempted murder following attacks on Amcu management in 2017, were warned on Wednesday that if they intimidated witnesses, their bail would be revoked.  

The eight briefly appeared for the second time this week in the Gauteng High Court, where their trial was postponed to Monday.  Judge Bert Bam on Wednesday also warned that if the accused were not ready to proceed and the court found that they were deliberately delaying their trial, he would revoke their bail.  The trial, which was set down for three weeks, could not resume this week as seven of the accused had obtained a new lawyer, whom they still had to brief.  Busloads of Amcu members filled the courtroom in anticipation of hearing “the truth” about what had happened to their colleagues.  The accused are believed to be some of the kingpins behind the spate of attacks in Marikana in 2017, during which a chairperson of the Marikana branch of Amcu was nearly killed.  Malibongwe Mdazo was shot 16 times but survived the attack.  The eight are facing six charges, including murder, two charges of attempted murder and a charge of conspiracy to commit murder.  It is claimed that they conspired to kill some Amcu members between May and July 2017 at Marikana.

  • Read the full original of Zelda Venter’s report on proceedings at Pretoria News
  • Read too, Judge admonishes ex-Amcu leaders accused of murder: ‘No more delays or I revoke bail’, at News24

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