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Marikana: Mr X describes 'spy murder'

Mr X has revealed how a group of strike leaders took a decision to kill a suspected spy.

Mr X has revealed how a group of strike leaders took a decision to kill a suspected spy. Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Farlam Commission of Inquiry has seen graphic pictures of the body of one of the striking Marikana miners who was killed, allegedly by strike leaders two years ago.

The miner was accused, by the leaders of the August 2012 Marikana strike, of being a spy for Lonmin.

Forty-four people were killed at the North West Marikana mine, including Lonmin security guards, police officers and striking miners.

One of the police's key witnesses, the man called ' Mr X' has told the commission that the group of leaders who led the strike decided to kill a National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) member after he had been identified as a spy for the Lonmin mine.

Mr X says he was part of the committee who took the decision because the man was found with a cellphone in his possession, which leaders believed was used to convey inside information to the employer.

"He was known at work to be a spy and that he was responsible for the dismissal of certain people."

Graphic pictures of the miner were shown to the commission on a large screen.

The man had deep cut wounds on his face and an animal skull was placed on his chest.