Marikana: Mr X continues testimony

Mr X has now accused Amcu President Joseph Mathunjwa of being behind the violence at Marikana.

Police closely monitor protests in Marikana in the North West on 14 August 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Controversial police witness Mr X says forms were handed out at the koppie in Marikana for striking miners to join the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) in the days leading up to the shooting.

The mineworker, who has turned police witness, is only known as Mr X for his own safety.

He has accused Amcu President Joseph Mathunjwa of being behind the violence and deaths during the unprotected strike at the North West platinum mine in August 2012.

Mr X has also told the Farlam Commission of Inquiry that Mathunjwa was at the koppie, trying to gain members and told them to attack the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) members.

Amcu's legal representative Heidi Barnes says this is false.

"He could not have been at the koppie on 14 August 2012. Your evidence in this regard is false and must be rejected."

Mr X has been accused by several legal teams of fabricating evidence to be in line with the police's case.

President Jacob Zuma appointed the inquiry to investigate whether police were justified in using lethal force when 34 mineworkers were shot and killed at Marikana on 16 August 2012.

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

A further 10 people, including some police officers, were killed in the lead-up to the incident.