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Johannesburg - South Africa’s mining minister usurped Parliament’s powers by publishing the much contested new Mining Charter, the Chamber of Mines argued in court papers on Monday.

The Chamber of Mines, which represents 90% of the industry, applied for an urgent court interdict to stop the implementation of the Charter in its tracks.

It said in its application that the publication of the Charter was blatantly beyond the powers of Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane. It argued that only Parliament had the power to approve and publish the Charter.  

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