BRITS - Charges were on Tuesday withdrawn against five of the 13 men accused of plotting to kill Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) leaders in the North West.
The Brits Magistrate's Court discharged Nkosinathi Mantashe, Lungisa Madiba,Juke Mjakane, Sthembe Jakane and Peterson Siyaya from the case.
Samkelo Mkhutshwa, Simphiwe Silwane, Xolile Madikane, Mthethelethu Mtshukuka, Zamelekhaya Mboxela, Zithobile Mangqo, Bongile Cingo and Siyanda Siqina are to stand trial at the High Court in Pretoria on May 13, facing charge of conspiracy to murder and attempted murder.
The trial is set to run until the end of May.
Silwane will continue with his bail application at the Brits Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, after his application was postponed due to the non availability of the presiding prosecutor.