Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

15 April 2014

South Africa: Will Marikana's Mr X Be a Game Changer?

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Police on standby at Marikana (file photo).

Retired judge Ian Farlam, the chair of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry, today made an insightful ruling that may have a massive impact on the Commission's performance and public acceptance.

Judge Farlam had to make a ruling on the police's spy within the striking miners' inner circle (during the Marikana strike in August of 2012) being able to testify in camera, from a remote location, as per the police's request.

The identity of the spy, thus far known only as Mr X, has been a hot topic in the shanties and taverns of Marikana for over a year.

For some, it was the fear of what he might reveal about who among the striking miners killed two Lonmin security guards as well as two miners who refused to strike on 12 August 2012; who among the miners killed the two policemen on the 13th; who accused Isaac Twala of being a spy and then killed him on the 14th; who planned and executed the assassination of NUM official Daluvuyo Bhongo; and what the intentions were of the inner circle of the strike committee.

It is the police's contention that Mr X was a witness to all of ...

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