Human rights lawyer, Richard Spoor has been charged with disobeying a police officer’s instruction, inciting public violence and common assault following his representation of Eastern Cape residents opposing an application for a mine in Xolobeni.
Spoor was charged with incitement under the Riotous Assemblies Act and released with a warning on Sunday afternoon.
Mantashe had visited the village in the Mbizana local municipality, on the Wild Coast, to engage with residents on issues emanating from an application by Australian company Transworld Energy and Mineral Resources (TEM) for rights to mine the titanium-rich sands.
Speaking to Bongani Bingwa, social worker for sustaining the Wild Coast, John Clark, says this was a community-based eco-tourism initiative which is now subsequently being sabotaged because of the mining.
There first time around the mining rights was revoked on the strength on not what John Clark said, but what the department of what was then called Environmental Affairs and Tourism found, saying that how can you destroy or undermine a long-term sustainable economic option because of a short-term option which would only last 22 years.— John Clark, Social Worker for Sustaining the Wild Coast
Listen below to the full interview: