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Cape Town – Four men suspected of attacking a group of anti-mining activists in December were granted R2 000 bail after a five-day hearing in the Mbizana Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Local anti-mining group Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) issued statements in December alleging that the Wild Coast area well-known for a decade-long fight over mining rights had been subjected to acts of intimidation, violent attacks and arson, which culminated in the arrest of the four men on December 30.

Over 22km of coastal dune, about 10km south of the Sol Kerzner’s Wild Coast Sun, is rich in the space age mineral titanium, but is also popular as an eco-tourism destination, with Mtentu Lodge on its doorstep and Mkambati Nature Reserve just across the river.  

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