South Africa: Community drags govt to court over mining rights
The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria was packed to capacity on Monday with members of an Eastern Cape community who are refusing for a foreign company to mine on their land.
Pretoria, April 23, 2018 (AltAfrika)-Members of an Eastern Cape community in Pretoria, South Africa have dragged South African government before the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria over mining rights
The community of Xolobeni village is demanding the court grant a ruling that the Department of Mineral Resources cannot issue mining rights without their consent.
The landmark case which began on Monday will hear from leaders of the community who have vowed to resist foreign companies mine on their land
A positive judgement for the community would reverberate far beyond the shores of South Africa and cause serious legal implication in the Nigerian Niger Delta region who have battled the country for years over rights to control resources on their land
In 2007 residents formed the Amadiba Crisis Committee to stop Australian mining conglomerate Mineral Resources Commodities to mine titanium.
They have argued that mining would result in the mass displacement of households and destruction of their way of life.
The community depends on fishing and farming in order to survive.