Mr X: Miners are bewitching me

2014-06-20 11:20

The Marikana commission of inquiry has adjourned until Monday after witness Mr X told the commission miners were bewitching him and he wanted to see his sangoma.

“Excuse me judge, these men are working me. Can I request to go see my own sangoma?” he said.

Miners clapped in response, with some of the widows covering their mouths in disbelief.

One widow was heard saying she wished she could use his “magogo’s” [grandmother’s] muti to raise her husband from the dead.

“We are the only sick people here. We are sick because we have no husbands. It’s unfair that he would get such preferential treatment, saying he is sick,” she said.

Yesterday, there was also a moment when he was asked by the evidence leader for the police if he was well.

“No, I’m fine. They are just worried about me. We can continue,” he said.

Advocate Tebogo Mathibedi, SC, representing the police, asked the commission to stand down and chairperson Ian Farlam granted an adjournment.

“We cannot force him to testify if he is unwell. We will resume Monday morning,” said Farlam.

This morning, Mr X, the police’s top witness who may not be identified, testified how the miners went to the koppie on August 11 2012 with their nyanga, where two fires were lit.

“There were two sheets ... We used them to cover two sheep, one black and one white. The sheep were tied and put on the fire. Black water oozed from the sheep,” he said.

After that the “brave men” were taken to the river where they washed with muti and ate some of it and then they went back to the two burning fires.

This is where the sheep’s black water, its blood and fat were mixed with more muti.

According to Mr X, each man had a brand new razor, which was used to make cuttings on numerous parts of their bodies. The sheep mixture was applied on the cuts and everyone was told never to speak about what had happened on the koppie.

The miners were told to abstain from sex, refrain from walking near water and not to shoot at the police before they shot at them.

“On August 13, when we met with [North West deputy police commissioner William] Mpembe, we made the clicking sounds with our weapons to incite the police to shoot at us first. The nyanga told us to,” said Mr X.

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