Mr X has nothing to offer – Dali Mpofu

2014-07-22 14:54

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Police witness Mr X has “nothing to contribute” to the Marikana commission, Advocate Dali Mpofu told the Marikana Commission of Inquiry today.

“I will argue that you have nothing to contribute to either scene one or two. Basically, you have nothing to contribute regarding the deaths on August 16. You were not present either, when the incident happened on August 13 - when three of the deaths implicating the police happened,” said Mpofu, the lawyer representing the arrested and injured miners.

Mr X responded: “The only person who wasn’t there is Mpofu. I have explained this many times.”

Mpofu said his team would concede that protesters were to blame for at least five of the strike-related deaths.

However, he maintained that the police were responsible for the deaths of 39 people.

Mr X had nothing to offer the commission on this issue either, he insisted.

Mr X was “lying about many issues”. Among these were his claims that he had been part of the leading groups on crucial days, and that he was part of the committee that made the decisions.

“Your mission is to show that the police were innocent. Your mission is ... impossible because you are unable to objectively contribute anything to show whether the police are innocent or guilty,” said Mpofu.

Mr X replied: “I came to the commission to explain that the mine and the police are also innocent and I know it will help. I have explained this many times that we were attacking the police.”

A short while later he said he was not feeling well.

“My stomach hurts, it’s really bad,” he said.

Judge Ian Farlam said a break was needed until Mr X felt better. SAPS lawyers then announced that their witness had been booked off for the next two days.

The commission will resume tomorrow at 9am with evidence from members of mining company Lonmin’s security.

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