Marikana: Lonmin's leading rep reportedly spied for State Security

The Rapport newspaper says the mine’s HR head was listed as a ‘deep cover’ agent from 2004 to 2012.

FILE: Crosses on the koppie in Marikana, where 34 miners were killed in a standoff with police on 16 August 2012. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - It's being reported that Lonmin's leading representative during the Marikana strike in August 2012 was a spy for the State Security Agency (SSA).

The Rapport newspaper says the mine's Human Resources head Barnard Mokwena was listed as a paid 'deep cover' agent for the agency from 2004 until the end of 2012.

Mokwena was strongly criticised at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry for his hard stance towards striking workers.

He has reportedly strongly denied he acted as a spy for the State Security Agency.

The Rapport newspaper says evidence was submitted to the Farlam Commission that Mokwena apparently encouraged police to act strongly against striking workers and Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members.

Mokwena allegedly also convinced management not to negotiate with the workers.

Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa says workers' claims against the mine could be affected after this revelation.