Mining Affected communities are deeply concerned by the arrogance of Minister Mantashe who has consistently ignored court rulings compelling him to consult with mining affected communities as legitimate stakeholders of the mining sector. Instead of abiding by the court rulings and by so doing, promote the values of the Constitution which demands participatory political processes, the Minister instead seeks to undermine the very constitution we fought and died for.
Meshack Mbangula, National Coordinator of MACUA linked the Xolobeni matter to the unilateral way in which Minister Matashe withdrew the MPRDA Amendment Bill which is urgently in need of a complete over hall. He says that “
The MPRDA contains a vague provision regarding consultation with ‘ interested and affected persons’. No consent processes are established. FPIC must be incorporated into our legislation and policies. Without any further delay. We call for the scrapping of the MPRDA and for the DMR to immediately engage us on the development of new mining legislation.”
As MACUA and WAMUA we remind the Minister that there will be:
NOTHING ABOUT US WITHOUT US
HANDS OF XOLOBENI
WE WILL NOT BE SILENT WHILE OUR LAND AND HERITAGE IS SOLD TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER
For over 20 year the exolobeni community has been fighting the right to say no to mining has finally been recognized by the Northern Gauteng High court .Amadiba crisis committee announced its battle early in 2018 to stop the department of mineral reeources to allow the Austrlian company Transworld nergy and Mineral resources. To the mine in their land. The land in question is in Umgungundlovu on the Wild Coast and covers an area of around 2 859 hectares, court papers discovered. ActionAid South Africa Sifiso Dlala speaks to the 702 Eusebius about the mining in exholobeni. Check out the link to listen