Malema blamed wrong mining firm
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ANC Youth League president Julius Malema incorrectly targeted Anglo American when he urged Vereeniging township residents not to vacate the mineral rich land on which they are staying, according to a report on Friday.
The Anglo American mining company sold the prospecting rights of the Bantu Bonke settlement to an empowerment company, Richtrau No 253, earlier this year, Business Day reported.
“We therefore have no intention to mine this area or move the community,” Anglo spokesman Pranill Ramchander told the daily.
Richtrau has had two meetings with the community to explain what the company has and what it planned to do, according to the newspaper.
Business Day reported that prospecting could take years. If any economically viable deposit was found, the company had to apply for a mining permit.
Malema told the community in a packed hall on Sunday: “We heard Anglo (mining company) wants you to move...they said there's alternative land because they have discovered a mineral”.
He said the community had the right to continue living on their land and be party to mining and agricultural activity.
“Even the houses they want to give you are not proper houses. The land must be given to the people...people have been killed for this land.” – Sapa