'I told Marikana police to finish me off'
A Marikana miner described how police beat and interrogated him until he wished death upon himself.
RUSTENBURG - A Marikana miner on Tuesday described how he was shot by police, beaten and interrogated before he begged them to end his life.
Mzoxolo Magidiwana was testifying at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry about how he managed to survive on the day 34 miners were killed outside the Lonmin platinum mine in August 2012.
Magidiwana, who is still using crutches to get around, said he was shot in the leg by police.
He said officers started interrogating him as he lay wounded on the ground.
He said police officers interrogated him about seized firearms, but were not satisfied with his answers.
Magidiwana claimed the policemen continued to hurt him.
"The other one hit me on my testicles. It was then that I said 'it is better that you finish me off and just kill me'."
He will continue testifying on Wednesday.
President Jacob Zuma appointed Commissioner Ian Farlam to investigate the events that led to violence during the wage strike by Lonmin miners last year.
Farlam and his team will inquire what role police, unions and mine management played to fuel violence or help end the strike.