Marikana: Decision on 'Mr X' testimony next week

Commissioner Ian Farlam will decide by next week how and when the witness will testify.

FILE: Lonmin miners gather ahead of the one-year anniversary at Lonmin's Marikana mine. Picture: Gia Nocolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Marikana Commission of Inquiry will decide next week how one of the police's protected witnesses will testify about the violence which led to the shootings in August 2012.

One of the miners involved in the protest two years ago, who has only been identified as Mr X, is expected to give explosive evidence on how the protesters intended to attack the police.

In a sworn statement Mr X details how the protesters in Marikana attacked and killed Lonmin security guards and police.

He says the guards' body parts were used for muti rituals which they believed helped them become invincible.

He will also tell the commission how the protesters planned to attack the officers just before shots were fired and 34 people were killed.

The police want his identity protected when he testifies, but advocate Dali Mpofu, representing the arrested and injured miners, says his clients may be made aware of who he is.

Mpofu says Mr X is unreliable and will contradict statements of over 3,000 other protesters who were there that day.

Commissioner Ian Farlam will decide how and when the witness will testify by next week.

Meanwhile, it's unclear if the commission will conclude its investigation by the end of this month as planned.

There have been several delays and Farlam has not yet heard testimony from all sides including the police, unions and families of the victims.

The commission's Phuti Setati said it's not clear when their final report will be submitted.