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Publish Date03/09/2012 12:02:29 PM

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South Africa drops murder charges against miners

South Africa’s top prosecutor said that the murder charges against hundreds of South African miners will be dropped until further investigation is carried out.

“The murder charge against the current 270 suspects… will be formally withdrawn provisionally in court on their next court appearance. Other provisional charges will remain”, said director of public prosecutions, Nomgcobo Jiba.

The miners were charged with murder over the deaths of 34 striking colleagues, whom most believe were shot by police.

The miners’ lawyers last week`s decision to charge them with murder “bizarre in the extreme” while the South African justice minister called the decision shocking and confusing.

Jiba added that any charges connected to the shooting on August 16 will be made only after all investigations will be completed.

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