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Rustenburg - Lonmin miner Mzoxolo Magidiwana broke down and cried twice prior to wrapping up his evidence before the Farlam Commission of Inquiry on Wednesday.
“Being shot by a bullet is painful. When you are shot it's not like you have just been kissed,” he said, speaking through an interpreter.
Magidiwana started giving evidence on February 27 on the shooting of miners by police at Lonmin Platinum's Marikana mine in the North west, on August 16.
On Wednesday morning, Dali Mpofu, for the injured and arrested miners, presented the commission with two video clips which had not been previously shown.
Magidiwana was emotional after seeing the footage, and when he spoke about his father's warnings to him to not join the strike.
During the cross-examination of the footage Ishmael Semenya, for the police, said he would argue that the miner's version of events were not true.
Magidiwana told the commission that he was shot and fell to the ground. Police officers walked past him and when they returned a officer shot him several times at close range.
Semenya said the new footage showed Magidiwana on the ground, but had none of the other events he described.
When he questioned the miner on the time that elapsed between when the police shot him the first time and when they returned, he said he was not wearing a watch. He said he was in no position to give time frames.
Semenya said the video did not stop with him on the ground, but continued after that.
“I will argue that you were shot when you were coming towards the police,” he said before the commission adjourned.
In one of the videos it can be heard: “Media go away, media go away” and “cease Ä I'll shoot you” over a megaphone.
The footage shows the police shooting and then the lifeless bodies of miners are seen lying on the ground, in their own blood.
Mpofu went to a certain section of the video and asked the miner to describe what he saw.
“I see that he 1/8a police officer 3/8 is kicking someone that is lying down. I would think that his foot is just on this part 1/8pointing at his cheek 3/8,” Magidiwana responded.
Mpofu also argued that the police seen coughing and covering their mouths corroborated Magidiwana's earlier evidence that the police turned around after inhaling teargas.
National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega would give evidence on Thursday morning.
Phiyega was at the Rustenburg Civic Centre on Wednesday waiting to be called. She would give evidence on the role played by the police and their version of events about what happened on August 16.
The commission is probing the deaths of 44 people during an unprotected strike at Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana.
On August 16, 34 striking mineworkers were shot dead and 78 were injured when the police opened fire while trying to disperse a group gathered on a hill near the mine.
Ten people, including two police officers and two security guards, were killed near the mine in the preceding week.
The commission will resume on Thursday at 9.30am. - Sapa