Murder and menaces ignored as Oz mining outfit trashes SA environment laws.
Sikhosiphi Bazooka Radebe, a leader among anti-mining activists in the Amadiba area of Pondoland on the Wild Coast, was murdered on 22 March this year. He had led opposition to attempts by Australian company Mineral (Resource) Commodities Ltd (MRC) to extract the titanium-rich mineral sands that lie at the heart of his people’s Wild Coast territory.
While MRC strenuously denied any connection with Radebe’s as-yet unsolved murder – he was shot eight times outside his Xolobeni home – at least three other MRC opponents in the area have died or been killed under suspicious circumstances.
Locals recall that Patrick Caruso, brother of MRC’s CEO Mark Caruso, said in 2007, “…there is always blood where there are these types of projects and in my experience, you cannot have development without blood”.