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Mr X defends Lonmin

Mr X says miners knew there was a two year wage deal in place.

Police open fire at protesting workers at the Lonmin mine in Marikana, North West on 16 August, 2012. Picture: Eyewitness News.

PRETORIA - Police witness Mr X says it was reasonable for Lonmin not to discuss wages with miners because they knew a two year wage deal was in place.

The mineworker has testified against his colleagues saying they planned to attack and kill police shortly before 34 people were gunned down at Marikana in August 2012.

But his credibility has been brought into question and the lawyers representing the miners have implied that he is mentally unstable.

Advocate Dali Mpofu who is representing the miners has asked Mr X if the violence and deaths would have still occurred if Lonmin had engaged with the miners about their wage demands.

Mr X says they already knew there was a wage deal in place, and it was understandable why Lonmin didn't want to talk to them.

"If we had gone back to work nothing would have happened."

Mr X maintains that the police are innocent too, because it was the miners who attacked them and intended to kill them, which forced the police to defend themselves.