Marikana: Mpofu threatens to walk out

Miners may not sit in on proceedings and their lawyer has threatened to walk out.

Advocate Dali Mpofu. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - As police witness Mr X continues his testimony at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry, miners have not been allowed to sit in on proceedings and their legal representative Dali Mpofu has threatened to walk out.

Only interested parties and the media have been given access by retired judge Ian Farlam to watch testimony of the mineworker known only as Mr X, who has been testifying via video link from an undisclosed location for his own safety.

On Thursday Mr X gave a heartfelt apology to the families of the people he killed along with other miners in Marikana in August 2012.

Evidence leaders at the commission on Thursday, however, said the testimony of the witness was not credible.

He claims that the miners planned to provoke and attack police officers during the violent strike in August 2012.

Mr X maintains that the miners took muti, believing they'd be protected from the police's bullets and planned to attack them shortly before the officers opened fire with live ammunition.

The strike left 44 people dead.