MINISTER MANTASHE USES THE COVER OF THE EMERGENCY TO ESCAPE ACCOUNTABILITY.

By Christopher Rutledge – MACUA WAMUA Advice Office

In what can be described as a diabolical conjuring of the dark arts of authoritarian governance, the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, published new amendments to the Mineral Resources Development Act (MPRDA) on the first day of the Covid-19 emergency lockdown.

The behaviour of the Minister follows a now well beaten pattern of underhanded dealings with the public dating back to the first attempt to amend the MPRDA in 2012.  During this initial attempt to further exclude communities, Section23 (2A) of the MPRDA , which gives the Minister of Mineral Resources the power to impose conditions to promote the rights and interests of communities in the event of an application (Granting and Duration of Mining Right) that affects their land, the DMR (as it was then) proposed the deletion of this specific mandate, including conditions requiring the participation of the community, from the existing clause.

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