'Mr X was promised immunity'

Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza claims Mr X was promised protection for testifying against miners.

FILE: Crosses on the koppie in Marikana, where 34 miners were killed in a standoff with police on 16 August 2012. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, who is representing the Marikana families at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry, has argued that a witness has been promised immunity if he testifies against the miners.

He claims he was part of a group of miners who planned to provoke and attack police officers during the violent strike.

Ntsebeza says he finds it strange that Mr X hasn't been charged for crimes he claims he committed.

"Well, Mr Chairman, I will argue that it is the oddest thing that a person who has committed such serious crimes, who has made these confessions to those crimes, that he he has not been charged, that he says he has not been told anything."

Ntsebeza alleges Mr X has been promised something by the police for testifying, but Mr X says this isn't the case.

While he may not have been charged, he believes that after he's testified, he'll be arrested, because he did kill people in Marikana.

He also believes his life is in danger because of the people he has implicated in some of the murders in the North West almost two years ago.


Earlier today miners were not allowed to sit in on proceedings and their legal representative Dali Mpofu threatened to walk out.

Only interested parties and the media have been given access to watch testimony by Mr X.

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

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

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.