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‘Miners planned to kill NUM president’

Police witness Mr X made the comments at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry on Monday.

FILE: Mr X told the commission if Senzeni Zokwana approached the miners he risked being killed. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

PRETORIA - A police witness at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry, known only as Mr X, on Monday continued with his testimony.

He told the Centurion hearing how striking Marikana miners planned to kill the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM)'s then-president Senzeni Zokwana.

President Jacob Zuma set up the commission shortly after 34 workers were gunned down at the hands of police during a strike in the North West mining town.

Mr X reflected on the deaths of 10 people in the days leading up to the deadly 16 August shooting.

Zokwana was banned from speaking to the striking miners in 2012.

Mr X told the commission if the NUM president approached the miners, he risked being killed.

He said despite the fact Zokwana was with officers, miners were convinced they wouldn't get shot by police because of the muti used.

The witness earlier heard that Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) President Joseph Mathunjwa allegedly approached strike leaders, who took part in the muti rituals, asking them to join his union and kill the NUM.