Families of slain cop, guard praise Mr X

Security guard Hassan Fundi’s widow said for a change, the focus shifted to other Marikana victims.

FILE: Two mothers and their children walking through the dusty streets of the Marikana settlement near Rustenburg on 13 June 2014. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

PRETORIA - The widows and bereaved families of police officers and security guards murdered by striking platinum miners on Tuesday praised police witness 'Mr X'.

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry was set up by President Jacob Zuma to investigate the deaths of 34 miners gunned down by police during a wage strike in Marikana in the North West.

The bloody shooting took place on 16 August 2012.

The mineworker, known only as Mr X, is testifying about the muti rituals and violence in the days leading up to shooting.

Mr X described how warrant officer Tsietsi Monene was hacked to death by a mob of panga-wielding Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) strikers.

The policeman's sister, Lizzie, said it was upsetting to hear but she appreciated what was said.

"Because of the truth that was spoken today, people around the world will see how cruel those people were. They killed my brother who was in uniform and went there to keep peace."

Lonmin security guard Hassan Fundi's widow, Aisha, said for a change the focus shifted to the other victims of this tragedy.

"The world can hear the other part of the story. The striking miners must also take responsibility."

Mr X will continue testifying on Monday.