'Mr X' set to testify at Farlam commission

2014-06-19 07:16
A screengrab from the documentary Miners Shot Down (YouTube)

A screengrab from the documentary Miners Shot Down (YouTube)

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Pretoria - The Farlam Commission of Inquiry continues public hearings into the Marikana shootings on Thursday.

The commission, chaired by retired Judge Ian Farlam, will hear the testimony of the highly anticipated witness known as ‘Mr X’, reports the SABC.

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

On 16 August 2012, 34 people, mostly mineworkers, were shot dead by police, who were allegedly trying to disarm and disperse them.

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

Mineworkers rejected the National Union of Mineworkers and went on a wildcat strike, demanding to be paid a monthly salary of R12 500.

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