I will expose Marikana's Mr X - Mpofu

2014-04-01 14:36
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Pretoria - Photographs and details of a protected Marikana witness, dubbed Mr X, will be widely distributed among mineworkers, the Farlam Commission of Inquiry heard on Tuesday.

Advocate Dali Mpofu for arrested and wounded miners, said the SA Police Service (SAPS) would have to show that the widows of slain miners and survivors were a threat to Mr X.

"They have to show that the presence of the parties [the widows, miners and the public] is going to endanger the safety, security or life of Mr X. They are unable to show that," Mpofu said.

"They want to exclude the widows of the slain miners, what possible threat to Mr X's safety can these widows pose? What are they going to do to him?"

Police submitted an application to the inquiry last month for Mr X to testify in-camera, from a remote location through a video link.

Sesi Baloyi, for the police, said Mr X was under witness protection and his life would be grave danger if his identity was revealed or published.

SAPS wanted only the commissioners, lawyers, and accredited media present in the auditorium when Mr X testified.

The police wanted the widows, public, and miners prevented from attending the hearings when Mr X gave evidence on a date to be decided.

On Tuesday, Mpofu said the SAPS application was laced with absurdity.

"Let us assume, for argument's sake that some among the [Marikana] survivors harbour some ill feelings against Mr X. One has to ensure that these people, by being prevented from being here will be prevented from knowing the identity of Mr X."

This was clearly not viable, Mpofu said.

"As soon as I get the identity and photographs of Mr X I have a duty to tell them all the things, including which shaft he works in. He will still face the exact same risk whether they are here or not."

Taking chances

Mpofu said other witnesses, including North West Air Wing Commander Salmon Vermaak, "took chances" by testifying in the public hearings.

The man identified as Mr X was apparently part of the group of protesting Marikana miners who underwent a ritual that included two sangomas, the burning of live sheep, and swallowing the ashes on 11 August 2012.

Mpofu has previously referred to Mr X as "a multiple murderer and a self-confessed habitual criminal, having at least three murders under his belt".

The inquiry led by retired Judge Ian Farlam is investigating the deaths of 44 people during strike-related violence at Lonmin's platinum mining operations at Marikana, near Rustenburg in the North West.

The police shot dead 34 people, mostly striking mineworkers, wounded over 70, and arrested 250 on 16 August 2012 while trying to disarm and disperse them.

In the preceding week, 10 people, including two policemen and the two security guards, were killed.

- SAPA
Read more on:    lonmin  |  police  |  ian farlam  |  dali mpofu  |  pretoria  |  marikana inquiry
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