Security was tight at the Brits Magistrate’s Court ahead of the appearance of former members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) on Tuesday.
The courtroom where the matter will be heard was cordoned off with yellow police tape and security guards were controlling access to the courtroom.
The police’s Tactical Response Team (TRT) searched people in court to ensure that no one was armed. Guards stood at strategic points inside the courtroom while armed police officers stood at the door.
Lungisa Madiba, 35, Juke Mjakane, 34, Sthembe Jakane, 41, Xolile Madikane, 39, Mthethelethu Mtshukuka, 34, and Zamelekhaya Mboxela, 35, were arrested on February 10 in Marikana, Mooinooi and Idutywa in the Eastern Cape. They will appear alongside Simphiwe Silwane, who was the first to be arrested.
Journalists were given yellow armbands, while members of the community were issued with black armbands.
The former Amcu members allegedly resigned from the union last year. Some also resigned from their jobs and allegedly orchestrated plans to eliminate an Amcu leader.
Amcu members were killed in rapid succession in September last year. At least 11 cases of murder and attempted murder were reported in the North West platinum belt between May and October last year.
Nine people were killed and two were seriously injured. The majority of the victims were reported to have been members of Amcu.
Six cases of murder were reported in Phokeng, two cases of murder and one of attempted murder were reported in Marikana.
In Mooinooi, a case of attempted murder was reported, and three men Nkosinathi Mantashe, Samkelo Mkhutshwa and Simphiwe Silwane were arrested. Mantashe was released on R10 000 bail while Mkhutshwa was granted bail of R2, 500.
The three allegedly shot Malibongwe Mdazo, the Amcu branch chairperson in Mooinooi, on July 22 in an attempt to kill him.
– African News Agency (ANA)