RUSTENBURG – Marikana activist Napoleon Webster and five other men are expected to appear in the Bafokeng Magistrate's Court in Tlhabane near Rustenburg on Wednesday.
The Forum 4 Service Delivery (F4SD) councillor is charged with escaping from lawful custody, while Lizalise Qikane, Vuyolethu Gunguthwa, Fuzile Mgidi, Sandile Zulu, Malibongwe Witness Qwabe and Zithobile Zekeni are charged with aiding an escape.
The five allegedly helped Webster escape after he was arrested on January 6 in connection with a murder committed in Marikana on December 8, 2016.
The group, allegedly armed with spears, stones and pangas, advanced towards the police vehicle, with the police firing warning shots which the men ignored and in the process managed to free Webster, before getting into a minibus taxi and fleeing the scene.
The police gave chase and the men abandoned the minibus taxi after the police shot out its wheels on Mokwena Street in Tlhabane. They were arrested, together with Webster, who was still handcuffed.
They were released on a bail of R4,000, while Zulu who was the driver of the minibus taxi was released on R2,000 bail.
Webster faces a separate charge of murder, together with 13 other Marikana men. They are expected to appear in the North West High Court in Mmabatho on October 18 for pre-trial conference
African News Agency