MARIKANA – South African police yesterday confirmed that a sangoma, who was meant to testify at the Marikana commission of inquiry, was shot execution style at his home in the Eastern Cape at the weekend.
The traditional healer allegedly supplied miners with medicine they believed would make them invincible during August’s unprotected strike.
The police were trying to contact the sangoma to come and testify in the commission, but he was killed by a group of men in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Makhosini Nkosi of the police, said his testimony would have been vital.
“He was shot execution style. It doesn’t suggest that the motive was a robbery or anything of the sort. If someone is shot execution style, it usually means someone wanted them dead.”
Police are still hunting for the man’s killers.
Meanwhile, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega continued her testimony.
Last week, she told the commission she stood by her media statement about the police’s conduct.
Phiyega was cross examined about the information she released to the media on the day after 34 miners were gunned down at the North West Platinum mine.
In 2012, Phiyega told the media police had no choice, but to open fire on protesters who were charging at the police line.
Phiyega said she stood by this statement.
The commission was set up by President Jacob Zuma to investigate the deaths of 44 people during the illegal strike at the mine.
Miners were demanding a monthly salary of R12 500.