Mr X: Sangoma gave us rules to follow

2014-06-20 12:34
(AP)

(AP)

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

kalahari.com

Pretoria - A sangoma hired by striking Marikana miners in August 2012 burnt two live sheep in a night ritual, the Farlam Commission of Inquiry heard on Friday.

Police witness, identified only as Mr X, told the commission that on the night of 11 August 2012, the black and white sheep were tied in sheets and placed on two fires.

"The sheep were fetched from the shacks nearby. The sangoma placed them on the fire, they were alive.
A black liquid flowed out and it was said this fluid would be used for rituals," said Mr X.

"We were then taken to the river for a cleansing. We undressed and the sangoma was in front of us. We went into the water naked. The sangoma poured some muti into the river and put some into our mouths."

There were about 200 mineworkers in the group and they were taken through the rituals in batches.

‘Told to abstain from sex’

A mixture was made of the fat and blood which dripped from the burning sheep, and this was dispensed to the strikers at the koppie (hill) at Marikana.

"It was said 'men will be made men'. We were told that incisions would be made on our bodies. Secrets of the mountain had to end there. We were given rules to follow," he said.

"We were told to abstain from sex for seven days, not to go where there is water, not to eat pork, sheep, and fish. We were also told not to have golden teeth, necklaces, watches, and coins."

Mr X was led in submitting his evidence by Tebogo Mathibedi SC, for the police.

Mathibedi showed several pictures taken at Marikana in August 2012 and Mr X was able to identify himself among other protesters.

Mr X testified via video link from an undisclosed location on Friday. He claims to be one of the striking Marikana miners who underwent traditional rituals, swallowing the ashes of the sheep.

‘Strict instructions not to shoot’

Mr X said the miners were under strict instructions not to shoot before police opened fire.

"Every one of us had his own blade, he cut us above the eyes, in the head, all the joints, below and above the nipples, on the sides of the hips, on the toes and ankles," he said.

The hearing took an early break on Friday morning as Mr X was said to be "feeling unwell".

The commission, chaired 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.

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.
The inquiry continues.
- SAPA
Read more on:    lonmin  |  police  |  ian farlam  |  mahikeng  |  mining unrest  |  marikana inquiry
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
92 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Fashion
 

6 life hacks you simply have to know

A few simple tricks can make your life so much easier!

 
 

For chic geeks...

Device lets disabled people talk through their nose
It’s THIS easy for someone to steal your ATM pin!
This is why you should install iOS 8
17 photo illusions that look so real

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

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers 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

Your sense of duty is emphasized and you may put your heart and soul into helping, serving and being there for the community in a...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.