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4 September 2015
The Mahikeng High Court in the North West has ordered Pilanesberg Platinum Mine to halt operations on the Wilgerspruit farm near Sun City. This follows an agreement between lawyers representing the mine and those representing the Lesetlheng Community. The community wants the mine to halt all its activities and restore possession of the farm to it. Lesethleng community bought Wilgerspruit in 1919...
3 September 2015
Almost two years after the M&G published evidence of prisoners being brutalised at the Mangaung prison, the corrections department has yet to finalise its investigation. On a cold winter day in 2005, inmate Isaac Nelani asked wardens at Mangaung prison, run by British security firm G4S, for an extra blanket to keep him warm. The prison walls emitted a chill that crept into his joints and...
2 September 2015
On April 15 of this year, Themba Maphosa awoke to news that five immigrants had been killed by South African gangs the previous night in Durban. A month earlier, the Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini shouted at a rally that "foreigners must pack their bags and go home." A wave of violence soon engulfed the country. South Africans remembered similar violence in the country in 2008 when...
2 September 2015
 Human rights lawyers have lodged an urgent application on behalf of a community in the North West to stop all mining operations by the Pilanesberg Platinum Mines on Wilgespruit 2JQ farms. Respondents in the application are Pilanesberg Platinum Mines, Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti, and Minister of Mineral Resources Ngoako Ramatlhodi. The Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela...
2 September 2015
THERE is a fight in our rural areas for democracy and economic fairness. But, because those who are fighting it are not the sort of people whose rights matter in the suburbs, few of us know about it. How about this for an event to catch the imagination of commentators and journalists — of everyone in the national debate? A group of property owners are denied what is rightfully theirs by an...
1 September 2015
Another rural community is poised to mount a court battle for land rights against a mining company this week. Wilgespruit farm in North West, on which Pilanesberg Platinum Mine operates, is at the centre of the dispute that began in 2008. Lawyers for Human Rights, representing the Lesetlheng village community, will on Thursday approach the North West High Court to argue that the mine’s...
31 August 2015
It is not a very likely place to find the cause of a potential diplomatic squabble, the makeshift bedroom in a kitchen stacked to the roof with cooldrink crates in one of the less affluent parts of Durban. Nor does journalist António Capalandanda, with his dreadlocks and soft, halting voice, seem the kind of figure who could cause trouble between nations. But looks can be deceiving. At the...
31 August 2015
Platmin in hof gepak oor myn op plaas Regslui vir Menseregte doen Donderdag aansoek om ’n dringende hofbevel teen Pilanesberg Platinum Mines (Platmin) om sy mynboubedrywighede op die plaas Wilger­spruit summier te staak. Luidens hofstukke is die Lesethleng-gemeenskap van die grond afgedryf toe Platmin voorbereidings begin tref het vir ’n oopgroefmyn en moet die grond dadelik aan...
28 August 2015
THE Department of Home Affairs has never been particularly efficient. Recent events have confirmed that its traditional weaknesses have not been addressed, while showing that new problems have developed, particularly in relation to how foreigners and, above all, migrants are being treated. With a view to resolving the impasse, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is now leading an interministerial...
26 August 2015
The LHR said the guilty verdict showed that effective and efficient investigations could result in convictions. “LHR is hopeful that this conviction will lead to future investigations and prosecutions of perpetrators of excessive violence – particularly when committed by state officials,” spokesperson Melissa du Preez said. The High Court in Pretoria found former Daveyton police...