JOHANNESBURG - Controversial state witness in the Farlam Commission of Inquiry investigating the 2012 Marikana massacre, Mr X, has broken his silence.
He says he is tired of hiding in places of safety and wants to come out of hiding to reveal more information on how workers were killed in Marikana.
Mr X was an enigma at the inquiry looking into the 34 deaths at the North West mine.
He testified under a veil of secrecy and through a video link from an undisclosed location and has been under police protection for five years now.
Mr X is angry man and wants to be released from the state’s witness protection programme.
“I am hungry, there is no food here yet. I take ARVs. What is true in South Africa is that I can die of hunger after doing so much for this country.”
“I am closed up here, I don’t go out. I don’t speak with people. I am going to be sick because I don’t even go to the gym. I want to be released so that I speak more truth in this country of Madiba," Mr X says.
At his rural homestead in the Eastern Cape’s Pondoland region, Mr X’s family is devastated.
His second wife couldn't take it and left, while the health of Mr X’s mother deteriorated in his absence.
She says they must rather give Mr X a jail sentence.
“It’s been too long, what has Nkosinathi (Nhleko, the former police minister) done? What is he waiting for," Mr X's mother asked.
Out of fear though, his family does not want him to come back home.
“He would never spend even a day here, they would kill him and all of us as his family. Even where they are keeping him, they can kill him,” his sister says.
Mr X says he’s been threatened that the day he comes out he will be killed.
But he says he’d rather die than live a solitary life confined under the state’s witness protection programme.