'Mining communities must be front and centre in mining charter review'

Attorney at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies, Wandisa Phama, says the Mining Affected Communities United in Action (Macua) should have been consulted over a decision by the Chamber of Mines and the Presidency, to suspend a joint high court application challenging the Mining Charter.

Macua lead a protest outside the High Court in Pretoria on Monday, demanding that its application is heard.

Phama says the organisation is an equal party to the case, as is the Chamber of Mines.

It has never been heard, that in a case with a number of applicants, eight applicants in this particular case, to meet with just one party and decide there is going to be a postponement.

Wandisa Phama, Attorney at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies

She says communities must be front and center in the mining charter review.

We have come into this case with the instruction that if there is going to be a review of this mining charter, communities must be front and centre in that particular review because of the way that this particular charter itself is community centered.

Wandisa Phama, Attorney at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies

Communities have taken a stand to create a situation where you do away with a system where if a mining charter is being negotiated. It is just an exclusive matter between the Chamber of Mines and government. It cannot be the case when communities that are affected by mining, actually bare the burden that mining comes with.

Wandisa Phama, Attorney at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies

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