Mr X accidentally reveals his identity

2014-07-01 11:40

Mr X, the police’s star witness at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry, has revealed his identity by accident.

This happened during his testimony today about the days after the August 16 death of 34 mine workers.

“They [two miners] came to me at the shaft and said [says his name] go and drop this case,” Mr X testified.

He was explaining that miners had approached him and threatened him because he had reverted to being a member of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

Mr X went to the police station and laid charges against two miners he names as Bhala and Nzame for threatening his life.

“They said they would be paying me a visit. I knew what kind of visit that was. They were going to kill me. I explained that people can join any organisation they wished. They threatened me because I was still a member of the NUM and did not want be part of Amcu,” he said.

Bhala and Nzame approached him again and asked him to drop the charges because the secrets of the mountain would be revealed.

“They came to me at the shaft and told me that things that were secret that were done at the mountain would be known,” he said.

At that point Mr X, in trying to explain what the two men told him, blurted out information that would identify him.

The translator did not include his name as he translated the isiXhosa to English.

Mr X’s identity has been kept a secret from the public to protect his life as he testifies for the SA Police Service.

He has revealed that the miners used muti, brutally killed security officers, police officers and another miner who was seen as a spy.

With no one realising his mistake, he continued his testimony of how he decided that he would go and drop the charges.

When he returned from Bethanie Police Station, he was approached by a security officer. He then revealed all the details of the rituals and killings.

He was escorted to the Phokeng Police Station, where he gave a statement of the gory details of the days leading up to August 16.

According to MR X, he was taken to a place of safety and he has been under witness protection.

He continues to testify.

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