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Amcu: Mr X created hit list

Amcu fears for miners mentioned in Mr X’s testimony after another was found dead.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has warned that the testimony of the man only known as Mr X at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry has created a hit list and now fears more of its members will end up dead.

President Jacob Zuma appointed the Inquiry to investigate whether police were justified in using lethal force on the day 34 striking miners were gunned down at Lonmin's Marikana mine on 16 August 2012.

Mr X, who is testifying for the police at the commission, has claimed he was part of the group of striking miners who destroyed property, killed people and planned to kill police before the striking miners were shot dead.

He insists that the miners planned to attack and kill the police.

Last month, he testified about Bongani Mehlonkomo who was present at the koppie during the strike.

Mehlonkomo was later killed while walking home from work at Lonmin's Marikana mine.

Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa says Judge Ian Farlam should have done more to protect the identity of people mentioned in Mr X's testimony.

"We are further disappointed that Judge Farlam allowed frivolous release of names by Mr X without examining the danger that this might impose."