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More shocking Marikana details emerge

'Mr X' described how a gang carried out attacks on security and non-striking colleagues.

FILE: 'Mr X' described how a gang carried out attacks on security and non-striking colleagues. Picture: EWN.

PRETORIA - The unnamed police source known as ' Mr X' has described to the Marikana commission how a marauding group of striking miners carried out attacks on security guards and their non-striking colleagues during the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) strike two years ago.

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 August 2012 in Marikana in the North West.

Continuing his testimony at the commission this morning, Mr X says their group, called the Makarapa gang, armed themselves with spears, pangas as well as several firearms before going on their missions to mine shafts in the Marikana area.

He was shown pictures of the aftermath of an attack at the K4 shaft, where he identified a security guard they had murdered and several torched vehicles.

Mr X was also shown a picture of a body, whom he identified as Julius Langa, who was murdered by the Makarapa gang near a railway line because he was on his way to work.

The post-mortem report revealed Langa was stabbed eight times and suffered a fractured skull.

The witness says after their attacks, they returned to the koppie where they were sprinkled with muthi.

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