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Marikana: ‘Mr X’ to testify in camera

The witness is set to reveal more details about an apparent ‘muti ritual’ before the shooting.

‘Mr X’ is expected to reveal more details about an apparent ‘muti ritual’ before the shooting.

JOHANNESBURG - The Marikana Commission of Inquiry has ruled a police witness known only as 'Mr X' will testify in camera from a remote location.

President Jacob Zuma set up the inquiry to determine whether police were justified in using lethal force on striking miners.

The witness is expected to make damning statements about how the protesters planned to attack the police on the day of the fatal shooting.

It's for this reason the Marikana Commission says he must be protected.

Commission chair Ian Farlam has ruled his identity may not be revealed to the public but only to relevant parties and their clients two weeks prior to his testimony.

'Mr X' is expected to reveal more details about an apparent 'muti ritual' a few days before the shooting, which the miners believed would make them invincible during their confrontation with the officers.

This witness will be the first to speak out about the ritual after the sangoma believed to have performed the ceremony was gunned down last year before having a chance to testify.