Murdered Lonmin guards pleaded for their lives - Mr X

2014-07-17 21:54
(Picture: AFP)

(Picture: AFP)

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

Pretoria - Two Lonmin security guards apologised and pleaded for mercy before protesting mineworkers killed them, the Farlam Commission of Inquiry heard on Thursday.

"They apologised but no one listened to them. We just killed them," a police witness identified only as Mr X told the inquiry in Pretoria.

"They apologised from inside the car. Their car was damaged before they were killed."

Mr X was questioned by Karel Tip, for the National Union of Mineworkers. He also represents the widow of Hassan Fundi, one of two security guards strikers killed on 12 August 2012. The other was Frans Mabelani.

"With connection to Mr Fundi and Mr Mabelani, can you tell us whether those security officers got the opportunity to say anything, to plead for their lives?" Tip had asked him.

Mr X may not be named to protect his identity. He is under police witness protection and is testifying at the commission via video link from an undisclosed location.

He claims he was part of a group of striking Lonmin mineworkers at Marikana, near Rustenburg, who underwent traditional rituals and participated in the murders of Fundi and Mabelani.

He has detailed in an affidavit how flesh was cut from Fundi's face, how sangomas cut this into smaller pieces, mixed it with blood, and burnt it to ashes for the miners to eat. This was apparently to prepare them for a confrontation with police.

Tip said contrary to Mr X's evidence, post-mortem results did not indicate a gunshot wound to Fundi's head, but a fractured skull and jaw.

Mr X said Fundi sustained the fractures when the protesters attacked him.

"I saw Magubane [a mineworker] attacking him. These people have said I should not say their names in this commission.

"Magubane, Xolani, Boy, Anele and others attend the commission and are inside this commission," said Mr X.

Thirty-four people, mostly striking Lonmin mineworkers, were shot dead in a clash with police in Marikana on 16 August.

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

- SAPA
Read more on:    lonmin  |  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
14 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

Summer Survey!
Great ideas for the best summer sandwiches!
Christmas lingerie to make this festive season the best one ever!
13 things you might not know about Disneyland

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy 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

At last you are able to see the light. You are able to break through obstacles in an innovative and original way. Visualisation is...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.