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‘Mr X’ injured people, destroyed property

The worker testified on behalf of police at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry in Centurion.

FILE: Striking Marikana mineworkers. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.

CENTURION - ' Mr X' on Thursday told the Marikana Commission of Inquiry that he was involved in injuring people and destroying property during the August 2012 unprotected wage strike.

The mineworker, only known as Mr X, gave details about the protesters' violent behaviour.

He testified on behalf of police.

The hearing was set up by President Jacob Zuma shortly after 34 striking miners were gunned down at the hands of police in the North West mining town.

Mr X said he was aware the strike was unprotected but he did not fear losing his job.

He also admitted he was involved in intimidating workers and injuring several people between 10 and 14 August 2012.

The witness said the miners agreed to demand a R12,500 basic monthly salary and excluded the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) from the meeting because it failed to advance the rights of workers.

His testimony is expected to implicate several other miners who were present during the strike.

Police claim they opened fire on the group after coming under attack.

Mr X is also likely to give further details about the rituals the miners underwent in Marikana, including the burning of a live sheep in preparation for a confrontation with police.

The witness could testify about killings that happened before 16 August.

Lonmin security guards, police and workers who didn't participate in the strike were targeted.

Mr X could be seen on a screen at the Centurion hearing, but testified from an unclosed location for his own safety.

Several people who were expected to testify at the commission have been killed since the hearings commenced.