Muti works, witness tells Farlam commission

Muti works, witness tells Farlam commission

Pretoria – Muti used by striking Marikana mineworkers in August 2012 was rendered ineffective because one of the strikers killed a hare, the Farlam Commission of Inquiry heard on Tuesday.

The secretive police witness, identified only as “Mr X”, told the inquiry in Pretoria that the traditional healer who performed rituals with the strikers at Lonmin’s platinum mine had laid stringent instructions for them to follow.

Mr X’s testimony was led by police lawyer Tebogo Mathibedi SC.

“Do you know why the muti was not effective? Do you still use muti and do you believe in the effectiveness thereof?” Mathibedi asked.

“We discovered later that someone killed a hare despite the instruction of the inyanga. We had been instructed not to kill any kind of animal,” said Mr X. “I still use muti and I follow the instructions strictly.”…

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