Phone records show Mr X lied about Joseph Mathunjwa, commission hears

2014-07-01 17:17

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Mr X’s testimony has been challenged by evidence leaders as they cross-examined the police’s star witness at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry.

Advocate Geoff Budlender today questioned Mr X’s claim that Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa’s first appearance at the koppie in Marikana was on August 14 2012.

Yesterday Mr X said that Mathunjwa arrived in the evening and addressed the committee – a handful of miners who were leading the strike.

“He [Mathunjwa] said that he would come back on the 15th with Senzeni Zokwana [National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) president]. Mathunjwa said that Zokwana was only interested in membership and that we should not listen to him when he arrived.

“Instead, we should kill the NUM. The committee decided that we would not allow Zokwana to address the miners. We would kill him on the koppie,” said Mr X.

Today Budlender revealed that there was no way Mathunjwa could have prearranged the meeting with Zokwana for August 15.

He also provided phone records to show that there was no communication between Mathunjwa and one of the strike leaders, Xolani Nzuza.

“We have examined Mathunjwa’s cellphone records, which show on August 14 and 15 he never called Nzuza. The records show where he was when he made the calls. On August 14, he was in Sandown, then Pretoria until after 7pm. He also made another call in Northern Gauteng, in Mpumalanga and he made numerous other calls. The last call was at 10pm,” said Budlender.

Mr X simply responded that the two men could have communicated using other phones because “Mathunjwa is a very clever man”.

Budlender said he would argue before the commission that this part of Mr X’s testimony was invented. If that was the case, then what other testimony could be regarded as non-truths, Budlender argued.

Mr X stood by his statement that Mathunjwa was definitely at the koppie that evening.

Budlender then moved on to how other parts of Mr X’s statement were seemingly invented.

“The police never stopped you talking to the employer … They did not disturb you on the koppie at night after you killed people … The police never interfered when you burned cars and intimidated people…

“When the police did start talking to you on August 13 that’s when you killed two officers. How do you say that all along you wanted to kill the police when they never interfered?” asked Budlender.

“We knew that the police did not want us to get R12 500. [They were] busy telling us to put our weapons down. They were making our strike weak,” said Mr X.

The former miner testified that they were also going to try to kill striking miners who were busy drinking in the settlement instead of joining the rest on the mountain. But Budlender wanted clarification whether he meant only those striking or every man in the settlement would be killed.

“Every man who was not on the koppie supporting the strike would be killed. That was the plan of the miners,” said Mr X.

He will continue to be cross-examined by evidence leaders on Thursday.

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