The African National Congress (ANC) says it welcomes the National Prosecution Authority (NPA) decision to provisionally withdraw the murder charges against the Lonmin miners.
"This decision will allow the Commission of Enquiry established by the President to do its work and for police to continue with their investigations," says the ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu in a statement.
Mthembu also reiterated their confidence in the law enforcement agencies and the judicial system. "It is our expectation that at the end of the investigation the outcome will be implemented fully without fear or favour."
On Friday, the NPA said that it will charge the mineworkers following a strike which left about 44 people dead. Yesterday, the NPA however did a u-turn and said they will provisionally withdraw the charges after an outcry from all sectors of the society with some people saying the NPA has invoked an apartheid type of charge on the miners.
Meanwhile, the Garankuwa magistrate's court, north of Pretoria is expected to start releasing the 270 arrested miners. The miners embarked on a crippling strike four weeks ago demanding that their salary be increased to R12 500.