Marikana: Mr X continues testimony
Mr X has now accused Amcu President Joseph Mathunjwa of being behind the violence at Marikana.
- Marikana shooting
- Farlam Commission of Inquiry
- National Union of Mineworkers
- Marikana Commission of Inquiry
- Judge Ian Farlam
- Joseph Mathunjwa
- Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa
- Miners at Marikana Commission
- Marikana koppie
- Mr X
- The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union Amcu
- Mr X testimony is not credible
- Heidi Barnes
- Amcu legal representative Heidi Barnes
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."
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.