Mr X to testify at Marikana inquiry

2014-07-17 07:28
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Johannesburg - A police witness, known only as Mr X, is expected to testify once again at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry on Thursday.

On Tuesday, miners injured and arrested during the 2012 unrest in Marikana wanted Mr X to testify in person, the commission heard.

"I have received instructions to bring an oral application on Thursday morning for Mr X to be brought to testify in the auditorium," said Dali Mpofu, SC, for the mineworkers.

Mr X may not be named to protect his identity. He previously testified at the commission in Pretoria via video link from an undisclosed location.

Mr X claims he was part of a group of striking Lonmin mineworkers at Marikana, near Rustenburg, North West, who underwent traditional rituals, and participated in the killing of two Lonmin security guards on 12 August 2012.

A total of 34 people, mostly striking Lonmin mineworkers, were shot dead in a clash with police in Marikana on 16 August that year.

In the preceding week, 10 people, including two policemen and two security guards, were killed. The commission is investigating the 44 deaths.

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