Mr X: Marikana police were innocent; we attacked them

2014-07-21 17:39

The police’s star witness Mr X and the lawyer of the wounded and arrested miners Advocate Dali Mpofu had a heated exchange at the the Marikana Commission of Inquiry today.

It got so bad that at one point Mr X refused to answer any of Mpofu’s questions.

“This man has insulted me saying I am crazy. How can he speak to a crazy person? I won’t answer him here. I’ll talk to him in court,” said a clearly upset Mr X.

Mpofu said earlier he would argue before the commission that Mr X was mentally unstable and that his testimony should be wholly disregarded by the commission.

“The first delusion is that you are Mandela. Another delusion is that you say that you were a member of the committee, and that you were one of five miners who went to the time office on August 10 2012 to speak to Lonmin management,” said Mpofu.

He added that the police’s star witness was delusional and was lying to the families of the deceased especially the families of the security officers who were killed in the days leading up to August 16.

“What you are doing is very cruel to the families of the deceased. You are telling lies and they are very eager to know what happened to their loved ones,” Mpofu said.

But Mr X would not change his testimony and he has repeatedly said this.

“We were there to attack the police and they had to defend themselves. The police did nothing wrong, they are innocent in this whole thing. We were attacking them,” said Mr X.

At the beginning of the cross-examination, Mr X made a revelation that he had been saved – he had converted to Christianity and had informed his inyanga he would not be using his services any more.

Mpofu used this as a point to examine Mr X’s evidence, highlighting areas he deemed contradictory:

» Mr X said in his statement that on August 12 2012, two security guards were killed, one of whom was skinned, his blood poured into a plastic bag and his ashes also taken as he burned.

Under cross examination, Mr X said that the miners only took pieces of the security guard’s flesh and his blood. No ash was taken.

» In his statement, Mr X claimed he had undergone rituals and licked the muti mixed with human tissue and blood. He said he did this because he was afraid as everyone was forced to join the strike.

During Mpofu’s cross-examination, Mr X agreed that he had undergone the rituals because he believed the muti would work. After the rituals, he was no longer afraid for his life because he was already on the muti and fearless. Mpofu said he would argue that everyone participated in the rituals of their own free will.

» Last month Mr X said a family member had passed away and he needed time to mourn. The commission adjourned early for Mr X to observe traditional ceremonies and mourn.

Mpofu said he had been given information that Mr X was lying about a family member dying. He asked Mr X about this. Mr X said he was not lying and would prove it by producing a death certificate.

Mr X concluded the day saying that what happened on August 16 should not have happened.

“We should not have listened to Mambush and Kaizer when they said there cannot be two bulls in one kraal. If we had reprimanded each other, what happened that day should have never happened. We were going to kill the police and they defended themselves,” he said.

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