I chased and hit cop in Marikana – Mr X

2014-06-24 17:10

A witness known as “Mr X” has told the Farlam Commission of Inquiry how he chased and hit a police officer during a confrontation between strikers and police in Marikana.

Two policemen were killed and one was injured on August 13 2012 during a confrontation with strikers during a platinum miners’ strike, the commission heard today.

Police fired rubber bullets after the strikers refused to leave their weapons, Mr X said.

Mr X may not be identified to protect his identity, and is testifying via video link from an undisclosed location.

One of the police officers was hit with a gun on his forehead and the other was hit on the back of his head with a panga.

One of the police officers was still alive when the strikers left him.

Mr X said he chased a third police officer who ran towards a car and hit him on his left leg.

The strikers were asked by police to drop their weapons, but they refused. The strikers were armed with spears, firearms and pangas.

Police fired rubber bullets and used teargas on the strikers.

Mr X said the police’s firearms, cellphones and a radio were taken by the strikers after they were attacked. He said when the strikers met the police, they were on their to an informal settlement to kill people.

When the strikers were walking towards the informal settlement they were singing, ululating, hitting their weapons and were in a crouching position to make the muti work faster.

Mr X said they were singing “tighten your balls young man, otherwise you won’t come right”.

He said the strikers knew that police could not harm them.

After the police were attacked, the strikers went back to the mountain, where they were told to join the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).

They were told to destroy red T-shirts because they didn’t want to be associated with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

“I was forced to join Amcu, otherwise I was going to be injured,” he said.

Mr X said the strikers were told to fill in a form to join Amcu.

When Mr X was testifying, a video of the strikers’ encounter with the police was shown.

The commission was postponed early today because Mr X was feeling tired.

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