The Xolobeni community in the Eastern Cape has applied for an interdict at the North Gauteng Court in Johannesburg to halt the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) from issuing mining licences for the Coffee Bay area without their consent.
The Xolobeni community, represented by Amadiba Crisis Committee, wants to prevent from reoccurring a situation in the past where the DMR issued a titanium exploration and mining licence to Mineral Commodities Limited, an Australian mining company, a decision which the community has been fighting to reverse. Titaniun is found in the sand dunes in the area.
The granting of the licence to the Australian company has deeply divided the community, with allegations of money being paid to some community members to support the mining project.
The fights between community members took an ugly and bloody twist in March 2016, when chairman of the anti-mining initiative, Amadiba Crisis Committee, Sikhosiphi “Bazooka” Rhadebe was assassinated in his home in front of his wife and child.