The community of Xolobeni, with the backing of over 50 organisations, will be heading to court to stop attempts to mine their land in the Eastern Cape. The applicants will request the court to rule that the Department of Mineral Resources cannot issue a mining license without the community’s consent.
Founder of the Amadiba Crisis Committe, Nonhle Mbuthuma, says they have been having fighting an Australian company for years.
Right now, we are facing a mining company from Australian [that] has discovered a titanium in our ancestral land.— Nonhle Mbuthuma, Founder of the Amadiba Crisis Committee
It's more than 20 years now we are fighting with this company because we said to them this kind of development is not good for our lives, but they just keep coming back.— Nonhle Mbuthuma, Founder of the Amadiba Crisis Committee
Mbuthuma says they have realised they can't fight with the company because the Australians are getting permission from the department of Mineral Resources.
We depend on land... we are feeding the rest of South Africa in terms of agriculture.— Nonhle Mbuthuma, Founder of the Amadiba Crisis Committee
Listen to their objections to the mining...