Leading South African Amcu miners’ union activist Makhanya Siphamandla was due to start trial this week. He is charged with attempted murder.
Makhanya was arrested in March last year at the height of the strike by more than 70,000 platinum miners. He was accused of being one of two people who attacked a member of the rival National Union of Mineworkers.
But Amcu colleagues said Makhanya was addressing strikers at a mass meeting shown on national television when the incident for which he was arrested took place.