EFF shocked at brutal murder of mining activist

2016-03-26 22:19
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Durban – The Economic Freedom Fighters on Saturday expressed its shock at the brutal murder of Amadiba Crisis Committee chairperson, Sikhosiphi ‘Bazooka’ Rhadebe.

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi in a statement said Rhadebe actively and courageously led the residents of Amadiba on the Wild Coast to oppose opencast titanium mining by MRC, a mineral resources company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.

Rhadebe was shot eight times in the head by two men who knocked at his house pretending to be police officers on Tuesday night.

“It is evident that the lives of black, poor and rural communities such as Amadiba and many more others, does not matter.

“Foreign multinational do everything including acts of barbarism to deal with voices of dissent from communities where they stand to make billions of profit despite threats to environment, economic and social systems of communities.

“The intimidation and violence by foreign multinationals such as Australian mining company MRC on our people is only permissible when relevant authorities chose to ignore grievances and evidence brought to their attention.”

The party condemned the killing and sent its condolences to the family.

“The EFF condemns with strongest possible terms acts of barbarism, intimidation and violence by corrupt officials of the Department of Mineral Resources and greedy Australian mining company MRC.

“The EFF will write to the Minister of Mineral Resources to withdraw permanently MRC mining licenses and to request the Minister to suspend companies operations in South Africa with immediate effects.”

Ndlozi said, “We must intensify our fight to nationalise land and mineral resources to stop the looting of our resources, and ensure that the hard work of Rhadebe is not in vein.”

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