Ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties in min­ing char­ter vic­tory

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - PIC­TURE: ZELDA VENTER

SEV­ERAL com­mu­ni­ties af­fected by min­ing in South Africa scored a vic­tory yes­ter­day when the high court in Pre­to­ria al­lowed them to en­ter the le­gal bat­tle against the con­tro­ver­sial 2017 Min­ing Char­ter. Th­ese com­mu­ni­ties will, on De­cem­ber 13 and 14, face the gov­ern­ment in court, where they will fight along­side the Cham­ber of Mines to have the char­ter set aside. The ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties of Bak­gatla Ba Se­fik­ile, Le­setl­heng, Babina Phuthi Ba Ga-Makola and Kgatlu, on whose an­ces­tral land min­ing ac­tiv­i­ties are tak­ing place by min­ing gi­ants, will, with the help of Lawyers for Hu­man Rights, go even fur­ther and ask the court to al­low them to be part of the process of draft­ing a new char­ter.

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