VIDEO NEWS: Another assassination of anti-mining activist

By LARC

On Thursday the 22nd October Fikile Ntshangase was shot dead in her home. She was a grandmother and opposed the expansion of a coal mine that had robbed many community members of their graves, livelihoods and deep connections to their ancestors and rural identity.  In this video the lawyers involved and other commentators discuss who bears responsibility for this latest assassination.  The police’s failure to arrest those who intimidate and assassinate activists enables such assassinations to continue.  It remains crucial however to interrogate who pulled the trigger, and what local pressures and interventions led to the untimely death of Ma Ntshangase.  Restraint, respect and compassion are sorely needed in volatile contexts where lives, livelihoods and identities are at stake, but these qualities appear to be sorely missing in the corporate sector, and in government in South Africa.

Credits as per the video – link first posted on Youtube

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Government promise that ‘700,000ha of state land will be redistributed’ raises more questions than answers

By Katlego Ramantsima

Could this announcement be just another political strategy to win the people’s favour for the next elections?

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South African community wins right to access mining application. But who will win the war?

By Tracy-Lynn Field, University of the Witwatersrand

South Africa’s east and west coastlines have some of the world’s richest, unexploited, naturally occurring heavy mineral sands.

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The succession of chiefs in a constitutional democracy is a complex matter with equal rights at its heart

By Peter Delius

The undemocratic and ahistorical approach to settling succession disputes has allowed richly resourced mining interests to enter into alliances with contenders for high office to secure access to mineral-rich land without consulting the people living on the land.

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Illegal land sales head to court

By Paddy Harper

Five years after an investigation found that a chief in KwaZulu-Natal illegally sold people’s land to outsiders to build holiday homes, no action has been taken against him or his subordinates.

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