Mr X has sinister motives – Dali Mpofu

2014-08-07 17:40

Advocate Dali Mpofu has blatantly asked Mr X if he was a police informer, who was placed on the koppie during the days leading up to the August 16 massacre.

Mr X said he was just a miner who wanted higher wages and he was never an “impimpi”.

“Informers also want money. I’m going to show again that your evidence is false and suggests that there is something more sinister going on,” said Mpofu at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry today.

Mr X is back at the commission after a two-week recess because he was not feeling well. He was under cross examination by Mpofu who argued that Mr X’s version of events is improbable, a fantasy or was drummed into him by his “handlers”.

Mr X claims that he was the one who used the whistle so the miners could get together and discuss what happened after the weekend of the massacre.

He said he convinced the miners not to return to work because many people were injured and needed to be taken care of on the 17th and 18th of August.

He believed that it would have been wrong to go back to work after people had been killed yet their demands had not been met.

“The shooting really hurt me. But if it wasn’t for me nothing would have been resolved. It was I who calmed these people, others were scared, I united these people,” said Mr X.

But Mpofu said he had obtained evidence from Lonmin that Mr X had already gone back to work less than 24 hours after the shooting.

“You went to work at 16:39 and knocked off at 10:55 so how is it that you were convincing people not to go back to work yet you were defying these instructions,” asked Mpofu.

Mr X said he was never at work on the day.

“Someone else must have used my clock-in card. There are cable thieves who go down there to steal cables and they could have used my card,” explained Mr X.

Mpofu argued that the only reason that made sense was that Mr X told miners not to go to work while he went underground to report back to his “handlers”.

Mr X also made a startling revelation when he whipped out his muti and started demonstrating how to use “is’qungu”.

“You put it in your mouth, chew a bit on it and spit it back into your hands. Then you rub your hands together and wipe your face,” he said as he demonstrated.

The muti he was carrying, he explained, was grass that had been twisted together and was used for protection. This happened after he was questioned about his testimony regarding the muti that was used by miners on the days leading to August 16.

Mpofu also pushed to discredit Mr X’s evidence that the miners were instructed to buy weapons the day they marched to NUM offices.

“You say on the 11th before the group went to the NUM offices, people were asked to go fetch weapons,” asked Mpofu. Mr X agreed.

Then Mpofu brought out Makile Mpofane, known as Ntshebe, the man who allegedly sold the miners pangas and knives. When Ntshebe was asked to stand up, Mr X could not recognise him, saying he had never seen the man before.

“The gentleman you say you are seeing for the first time is the man who owns the place called Ntshebe, where you said you bought weapons from. He has submitted a statement that it is false that people bought weapons from his place because he only has a license to sell liquor. No one came to his place that day and he was there all day,” said Mpofu.

Mr X was excused by retired judge Ian Farlam and the commission will resume tomorrow.

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