“We stabbed the man. I also took part in it. I used my panga to strike him,” the witness, identified only as “Mr X”, told the Farlam inquiry into the Marikana deaths. A worker was killed because he went to work during the 2012 platinum miners’ strike the inquiry heard in Pretoria on Tuesday. Mr X may not be identified to protect his identity. Mr X said they asked Julius Langa where he was going and he told them he was going to work. “We asked, ‘how can you go to work when there is a strike?’ and we killed him,” Mr X said. Langa was stabbed 18 times, his post-mortem showed. Before Langa was killed a meeting was held where it was decided people going to work should be killed. The strikers were armed with pangas, firearms, and spears. Police were apparently trying to disarm and disperse them. In the preceding week, 10 people, including two policemen and two security guards, were killed.