Marikana commission: Mpofu slams 'Mr X'

Dali Mpofu says the protesters deserve to see the man who accuses them of murder.

Dali Mpofu says the protesters and families deserve to see the man who accuses them of murder. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The legal team representing the survivors of the August 2012 Marikana shooting told the Marikana Commission of Inquiry that a protester who has turned police witness will receive preferential treatment if his identity is protected.

The police have lodged an application for the identity of a witness, known only as 'Mr X', not to be revealed fearing for his safety.

He is expected to give incriminating evidence of how his fellow protesters killed miners and Lonmin security guards in the days leading to the 16 August shooting.

Acting on behalf of the survivors of the Marikana shooting, Advocate Dali Mpofu said protesters and their families deserve to see the man who accuses them of murder.

Mpofu has slated Mr X, saying he's a liar.

"Where is he? Is he staying in a posh hotel so he can come and lie and perpetuate what he's been saying?"

The police are seeking an order that Mr X testifies in camera through a video link as he fears he will be victimised.

He is also expected to testify about how they planned to attack the police by going through a certain muti ritual made from substances mixed with the security guards' body parts.

Judge Ian Farlam will rule next week on whether the commission will protect Mr X's identity when he testifies about the miner's muti rituals.