Mr X grilled about inconsistencies

The police witness has been accused of acting as an informant during the unprotected strike.

FILE: Retired South African judge, Ian Farlam, at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The legal team for wounded and arrested miners at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry has accused police witness Mr X of acting as an informant during the unprotected strike which left 44 people 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.

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

Ten people were also killed in the days leading to the shooting including a mineworker, strikers, two Lonmin security guards and two policemen.

Mr X, who is testifying from an undisclosed location,is a former rock drill operator at Lonmin's Marikana mine and claims he led the strike and helped plan an attack on the police.

While his credibility has been questioned, Mr X insists that the miners planned to attack and kill the police at the North West Platinum mine in August 2012.

He claims he was part of the group of striking miners who destroyed property, killed people and planned to kill police before the 34 striking miners were shot dead.

He is currently being cross-examined by advocate Dali Mpofu, who is representing the injured and arrested miners.

Mpofu questioned why Lonmin's clocking records show that Mr X reported for duty the day after the shooting if he was leading the strike in which his colleagues were killed.

"It can only be explained if you were going to report back to your handlers."

Mr X said he left his clocking card at the entrance of the shaft and it could have been stolen.

"There are thieves who steal cables underground. They gain access through the cards that people leave there."

He however said he found the card at the same place he left it when the strike was called off and the miners returned to work.

Commission chair Ian Farlam ruled earlier this year that the identity of Mr X may not be revealed to the public, but only to relevant parties and their clients two weeks prior to his testimony.

Several people who were expected to testify at the commission have been killed since the hearings commenced.