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lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Rapport writes that former Lonmin human resources head Barnard Mokwena was listed as a paid “deep cover” agent on the State Security Agency (SSA) central source index from 2004 until at least the end of 2012.  

He came under fire at the Farlam commission of inquiry into the August 2012 Marikana massacre after evidence was submitted that showed he encouraged police to act strongly against the striking workers and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), and that he had convinced his fellow Lonmin executives not to negotiate with them.  In addition, just over a year after the Marikana massacre, while Mokwena still worked for Lonmin, he founded a company which would later play a key role in a covert intelligence operation to establish a new labour union, the Workers Association Union (WAU), tasked with disempowering Amcu.  Mokwena has strongly denied being a government intelligence operative or ever being paid for such work.  

Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa, lawyers of the wounded and arrested miners and lawyers for the families of the dead workers said any evidence showing that Lonmin and the government colluded against workers could affect ongoing civil claims against the company and the state.

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