10 Sep 2019
by Kevin Bloom
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Stealing the Crust III: Universal lessons from a local mining fraud

In late August 2019, mere days before mass violence erupted in central Johannesburg, the Baloyi Commission released its report into the corruption that had been plaguing the Bakgatla Ba Kgafela, an indigenous community of 350,000, since at least 1998.

29 Jan 2019
by Dr. Aninka Claassens
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The Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act has lapsed in Parliament – what this means for Makhasaneni and other communities

Late last year the Ingonyama Trust intervened in a land restitution claim in Melmoth KwaZulu-Natal.  It argued that the land about to be restored to various community groups who had waited over 20 years, should not belong to them.  It […]

05 Nov 2018
by Dr. Aninka Claassens
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Maledu judgment victory for the Constitution over mining evictions

The Constitutional Court ruled unanimously last week that mining and the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) cannot trump the constitutional rights of the 17-million South Africans living in former homeland areas.