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Fri Jul 29 23:47:31 SAST 2016

Cops probe 'blue light hit' on Wild Coast anti-mining activist

Abongile Mgaqelwa, Times LIVE | 23 March, 2016 13:17

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Police are investigating a case of murder after one of the leaders of the Wild Coast anti-mining campaign was killed execution-style on Tuesday night.

The man‚ Sikhosiphi Rhadebe‚ who is the chairman of the Amadiba Crisis Committee‚ was at home when two men driving a white vehicle with blue lamps came to his home claiming to be police officers.

Police spokesperson Captain Mlungisi Matidane said the two men told Rhadebe that they were there to arrest him.

He did not say what they claimed was the reason behind the arrest.

"As he was preparing to leave with the two men‚ they shot him eight times in the head outside his house. He died on the spot. His wife and child have been hospitalised due to shock‚" said Matidane.

No arrests have been made yet.

Protests

According to Dispatch LIVE Amadiba Crisis Committee was involved in action by Xolobeni residents to resist dune mining by Mineral Resource Commodities’ (MRC) South African subsidiary, Transworld Energy and Minerals in the area.

"Members of the community, who are bitterly opposed to the recent application by an Australian mining company to mine the dunes at Xolobeni, alleged in court papers they had been threatened, intimidated and harassed by people with an interest in the mining right application," the Dispatch LIVE reported.

According to the Mail and Guardian, clashes over the issue have continued for about a decade, with Wild Coast villagers from Mdatya saying that they were attacked in December.

Four men were arrested, but antimining activists said that local mining advocates, Zamile Qunya and Amadiba chief Lunga Baleni, appeared at the police station an hour after the arrests in a bid to bail out the suspects.

“These gangsters used to be good children before they were offered money,” a woman said at an anti-Mining Imbizo.

Another added: “They will kill us first before they start mining. We are Pondo; we are prepared to die for our land. Even in the past, our ancestors chose land and ignored a bag of money they had been offered for this same land.”

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