Cops probe Marikana sangoma murder weapon

North West police say there is a possibility a sangoma was killed with an R5 rifle used earlier.

FILE: Lonmin workers walk to a meeting on Monday 20 August 2012, following the Marikana shooting. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

MARIKANA - North West police said they were investigating the possibility that the same R5 rifle that was stolen from officers in Marikana was used to kill a sangoma in the Eastern Cape in March.

The traditional healer was supposed to testify at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry in Rustenburg.

The inquiry is trying to uncover the truth behind the August shooting at the North West mine which left 34 protesters dead.

The sangoma reportedly gave miners traditional medicine to make them bullet proof when confronting the police.

The man was killed execution style at his home last week.

It has now emerged that the spent cartridges were from an R5 rifle.

Police spokesperson Makhosini Nkosi said, "We are investigating if the same R5 was the same which was used to kill one of our officers."