Mr X willing to testify in court

The Marikana witness insists miners provoked and planned to attack the police.

A screengrab of cellphone footage taken from the Marikana massacre.

PRETORIA - Advocate Dali Mpofu has told the Marikana Commission of Inquiry Mr X has nothing to offer in terms of finding out the truth about what happened in August 2012.

The mine worker only known as Mr X for his own safety has testified against his colleagues saying they had planned to attack and kill the police shortly before 34 people were gunned down.

Mpofu who is representing the miners says that Mr X's evidence has been fabricated.

"You were called here knowingly that you can't contribute to the tragedy and you're being a public relations disaster."

Crucial police witness Mr X says he will testify in a court of law to prove that the police in Marikana were innocent and had to defend themselves against striking miners.

The commission was set up by President Jacob Zuma to determine whether officers were justified in using lethal force on the day 34 striking Lonmin miners were shot and killed on 16 August 2012.

The mineworker has testified against his colleagues saying they had planned to kill police at the North West platinum mine in August 2012.

Mr X's credibility has been brought into question and the lawyers representing the miners have implied that he is mentally unstable.

The witness says he is deeply insulted by advocate Dali Mpofu's suggestion that he is mentally unstable, claiming he does not have such a disability.

He says he will not change his story, and insists that the miners provoked and planned to attack the police shortly before 34 miners were gunned down.

"The police were defending themselves and Mpofu wants the police to be seen as the offenders."

But Mpofu says that Mr X wasn't even at the Koppie when he claims to have been and intends showing that his evidence must be completely disregarded.