New revelations stun Marikana Inquiry

'Mr X' yesterday provided inside information into the murder of policemen and security guards.

The Marikana Comission of Inquiry was set up by President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Revelations of muti, guns and gangs of panga-wielding miners executing workers who failed to heed the call to strike have stunned the Marikana Commission of Inquiry.

The miner, a former Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union member, who turned police witness and is only known as 'Mr X', began his in-camera testimony at the commission on Thursday.

'Mr X' yesterday provided inside information into the murder of two policemen and two security guards.

He also provided insight into the rituals striking miners believed would protect them from the police's bullets in the lead up to the August 2012 shooting in which 34 miners were killed.

'Mr X' described how a terrified policeman who had been isolated from his colleagues was surrounded by the so-called 'Makarapa Gang' and hacked to death before his service pistol was stolen.

The witness recalls surrounding a man who confessed that he was going to work, before he was stabbed 18 times and had his skull crushed.

He said this was intended send a message to other workers that they should join their strike.

Aishi Fundi, whose security guard husband Hassan was murdered by 'Mr X's' gang, said his evidence has brought some sense of justice.

"We are happy that 'Mr X' rose above all odds and took responsibility for his actions. At least the world will hear another side of the story."

'Mr X' will continue testifying on Friday.

President Jacob Zuma appointed the inquiry to investigate whether police were justified in using lethal force on the day 34 striking miners were gunned down in the North West mining town on 16 August 2012.

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

Ten people were also killed in the days leading to the shooting including a mineworker, strikers, two Lonmin security guards and two policemen.

Commission chair Ian Farlam ruled earlier this year that the identity of 'Mr X' may not be revealed to the public, but only to relevant parties and their clients two weeks prior to his testimony.

Several people who were expected to testify at the commission have been killed since the hearings commenced in 2012.