03/09/2012 Released Lonmin mine worker Nkosibongile Momaphela celebrate with his sister Nomfundo Jali after he was released along with 161 other miners at Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate's Court, Pretoria. Picture: Phill Magakoe

At Ga-Rankuwa in North West, 162 of the 270 miners arrested following the Marikana shootings of August 16 were released after the State withdrew charges of murder and attempted murder against the whole group.

Friends and relatives of the arrested miners came in their numbers to see their relatives and to welcome them after their release.