South Africa: The Battle for Mfolozi and the Homicide of Fikile Ntshangase – Who Is Blackmailing Who?
When individuals are faraway from their land to make means for a coal mine, how do you set a worth on their ancestral connections, the springs that circulation even in occasions of drought, the candy summer time grass, the bushes which sheltered their goats from summer time storms, the bottom the place their umbilical cords are buried, the view of the rolling hills that framed their childhoods, their clear air and fertile soil?
Two weeks in the past, whereas chopping onions for her household’s supper in her Ophondweni residence, 63-year-old Fikile Ntshangase was gunned down by unknown assailants.
A motive for her homicide was not arduous to search out. As deputy chairperson of the Mfolozi Neighborhood Environmental Justice Organisation (Mcejo), Ntshangase was a number one determine in neighborhood efforts to combat the growth of the Somkhele coal mine.
When she was killed, she turned one more martyr within the more and more ruthless world combat to drive rural communities to permit mining on their doorsteps. Ntshangase’s loss of life has been broadly publicised, scary widespread protest and dismay. To this point there have been no arrests.
Allow us to hope that progress is made extra swiftly than within the case of Sikhosiphi “Bazooka” Rhadebe, an activist from the Xolobeni space on the Wild…