Miners and their supporters dance after being released outside the court
Media playback is unsupported on your device

Marikana mine strike: South Africa court frees miners

About 50 South African miners have been freed after murder charges against them, relating to the deaths of 34 miners shot by police, were dropped.

Prosecutors decided to provisionally set aside charges against 270 striking workers from the Marikana mine following a public outcry.

About 100 miners are expected to be freed on Monday.

Earlier, security guards wounded four people with rubber bullets at a mine near Johannesburg, police said.

The BBC's Nomsa Maseko reports from Johannesburg.

  • 03 Sep 2012
Go to next video: SA to drop miner murder charges