The Marikana Support Campaign said that they are concerned that miners giving evidence at the Farlam Commission are being inappropriately cross-examined by SAPS Advocate Vuyani Ngalwana to the extent they are breaking down in tears.
The Marikana support Campaign Spokesperson Rehad Desai said they are calling upon Judge Farlam to take stronger action to protect mine worker witnesses, particularly those who have been shot and injured.
Desai said Mzoxolo Magidiwana, who has 12 bullets in his body, attended the commission on crutches and in considerable pain and was cross-examined last week by Advocate Ngalwana in a bullying, sneering and inappropriate way, causing him to break down in tears.
Desai further said despite his evident distress, the onslaught of repeated questions continued.
He added that we believe that miner witnesses should be protected from this kind of questioning.
The Commission was set by President Jacob Zuma to find answers on what preceded the shooting at Marikana on the 16th of August 2012.
On the day, 34 miners were killed and several others sustained injuries, including the 24 year old, Mzoxolo Magidiwana.
Desai also said people attending the commission have expressed concern to the Marikana Support Campaign about the manner in which Mzoxolo Magidiwana was cross-examined and have questioned whether they are bearing witness to a fair process.
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