JOHANNESBURG  - Arrested Lonmin mine workers were on Thursday charged with the murder of 34 striking colleagues who were shot dead by South African police on August 16 during a strike over wages. “The court today charged all the workers with murder, under the common purpose law,” spokesman for the prosecutor’s office Frank Lesenyego said. Police opened fire on striking workers at the Marikana mine after a stand-off had already led to the death of 10 people including two police officers. Following the shootings, 270 workers were arrested.

All the men were in custody and the state postponed the case until Thursday of next week to allow for further investigations.

 Lesenyego said details of the murder charges would be revealed during the bail hearing.