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Wild Coast Amadiba mining opponent 'assassinated', community group says not intimidated

Author: Tariro Washinyira, Mail & Guardian (South Africa), Published on: 22 March 2016

"Wild Coast Amadiba mining opponent 'assassinated'"

After almost a year of threats and attacks, a Wildcoast anti-mining activist was gunned down and killed in front of his wife and sons. The chairperson of Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC), Sikhosiphi Bazooka Rhadebe (49) from Mdatya village on the Wild Coast, was shot dead...in what the committee views as an assassination. The committee has been at the forefront of resistance to proposed dune mining in the Xolobeni area of the former Transkei. It recently lodged an objection to a fresh application to mine by the Australia-based company MRC...Speaking on the phone, the ACC secretary, Nonhle Mbuthuma,...said that at about 6pm, not long before his death, Rhadebe called her on the phone and told her that he understood there was a “hit list” of strong opponents of mining and warned her to be careful...[In a statement]...[t]he committee said the Amadiba coastal community “will not be intimidated into submission. Imining ayiphumeleli! (mining will not succeed)” 

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