Marikana strikers decided to kill cops - Mr X

2014-07-01 05:00
(Picture: AFP)

(Picture: AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

Pretoria - Strikers decided to kill police during a platinum sector strike in Marikana, North West, the Farlam Commission of Inquiry in Pretoria heard on Monday.

"It was said police would be killed because we could not be shot," the witness identified only as Mr X said.

He said the decision to kill officers was taken because police wanted strikers to lay down their arms and leave the hill where the they had gathered during their strike at platinum miner Lonmin for a R12 500 monthly salary.

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

"We had undergone rituals. We knew we could not be shot," he said.

He said Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president Joseph Mathunjwa went to the hill on 14 August 2012 at night.

"He said he was interested in the membership. Let's kill the National Union of Mineworkers so we can get what we are demanding," said Mr X.

He was referring to a conversation he overheard between a Xolani, and Mathunjwa.

"I overheard Mathunjwa talking," he said.

Mathunjwa addressed the strikers on 15 and 16 August 2012.

On 16 August Mathunjwa asked the strikers to lay down their arms because there was going to be bloodshed.

"We said we are not going to lay down arms until the employer gives us R12 500," Mr X said.

Earlier the commission heard that NUM shop steward at Lonmin's Karee shaft, Isaiah Twala, was shot dead near the hill at Marikana after he was found carrying a cellphone on 14 August, which was not allowed.

Preparation of muti

The commission heard last week that sangomas who prepared muti for the strikers to make them invulnerable had told them they were not allowed to carry cellphones.

He said Twala was accused of using his cellphone to send information to the NUM.

"They took him to the other side of the mountain. His gun was taken... after they had gone I heard a gunshot," he said.

Police found Twala's body with a bull's skull on his chest.

The commission is investigating the deaths of 44 people during strike-related violence at Lonmin's platinum mining operations at Marikana, near Rustenburg, North West.

Thirty-four people, mostly striking mineworkers, were shot dead in a clash with police, over 70 were wounded, and another 250 arrested on 16 August 2012.

Police were apparently trying to disarm and disperse them. In the preceding week, 10 people, including two policemen and two security guards, were killed.

- SAPA
Read more on:    lonmin  |  police  |  amcu  |  num  |  pretoria  |  marikana inquiry
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
27 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
 

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

20% off all TV Series!

Want to have a chilled day at home? Get 20% off TV series, the perfect excuse to "veg out". Shop now!

Save R700 on the Hisense LED TV Now R2499

Get the Hisense 32” HD ready LED TV for only R2499. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 40% off fashion accessories

Save up to 40% on selected handbags, purses, watches, jewellery and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2000 on top electronics

Get every day mind bowing savings on top electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

As seen on TV - New book releases at only R199 each

Get mind blowing book savings on new titles. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Today is a good day to combine imagination, information and creativity together. Try not to over rationalise things and rather...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.