Mr X says he’s telling all because it’s the right thing to do

2014-07-18 15:30

The star police star witness at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry has denied testifying in the hope of getting something in return.

“I am telling the truth here because what we did to people has pained me deeply. I have not been promised anything,” he said.

Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, on behalf of the families of the deceased, took Mr X to task about his rationale for testifying for the police, knowing his life would be in danger.

Ntsebeza asked Mr X if he had been told by anyone from the police that charges against him would be dropped if he testified. Mr X has confessed to killing and mutilating police officers and security guards in the days leading up to August 16 2012.

He said he understood that because he had committed the crimes he would be charged.

Ntsebeza said: “I am used to dealing with Mr Xes like you from the days we fought in the struggle. People like you usually give evidence because they are hoping to gain something. Are you here to give false evidence because you’ll get something in return?” asked Ntsebeza.

Mr X denied this, saying he was only doing what was right.

Ntsebeza continued his line of questioning, asking Mr X if he was aware that his mother was scared for his life.

A month ago, City Press spoke to Mr X’s mother, who said she knew that her son was going to die.

“There is no way he can come back here and think he will live a normal life again,” she said.

She said she didn’t understand why he was testifying on behalf of the police, who had killed 34 miners.

Today, Ntsebeza asked Mr X if he was aware that his mother was distressed about him testimony.

“I read the article and my uncles told me that people had been to my house. I know she is worried,” said Mr X.

“So by testifying you are putting your life in danger and worrying your mother because you know you will get something at the end,” said Ntsebeza.

He also pushed Mr X on the point that the miners were given instructions by the sangoma after they had undergone rituals on the koppie.

According to Mr X, the sangoma told the miners to beat their weapons together, sing and crouch. The sangoma allegedly also instructed the miners not to change their clothes for seven days.

Ntsebeza referred to William Mpembe’s evidence that the deputy police commissioner, on August 13 2012, regarded the miners as well behaved when he met them at the railway line. There was no singing while he was talking, or beating of weapons.

Ntsebeza also questioned Mr X on his testimony that the miners did not change their clothes for seven days. He showed numerous pictures of Mgcineni Noki, the man in the green blanket, photographed on different days wearing different clothes.

“I will argue before the commissioners that you are lying that the sangoma gave you and the miners instructions to ensure the muthi worked faster,” said Ntsebeza.

Mr X was also caught out when he was asked to explain the glaring differences between his statements. Earlier he testified that there were differences because the first statement was taken by an officer who did not speak Xhosa.

But Ntsebeza pushed him until he conceded that the reason his two statements were different was because he had forgotten some of the events, and not that the officer who took it down did not understand the language.

Mr X will continue to testify on Monday.

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