Update 8 May2013
Rustenburg- Bua Mining Communities is a collective composed of Ledig,Motlhabe, Marikana, Ikemeleng, Mfidikwe, Chaneng, Tlhabane, Mafenya Tsitsing,Photshaneng, Bapong (Segwaelane), Thekwana, Lefaragatlhe, Baphiring (Luka)communities – all directly affected by the events that occurred at Marikana andall who will be directly affected by the outcome of the enquiry.
The above Communities are presently picketing in front of the Rustenburg civic centre where Farlam Commission is taking place. The communities are protesting against the suggested move to have the commission move to Pretoria. The communities understand the resource plight of Advocate Dali Mpofu and call the government to increase finances in assistance of Mr. Mpofu and his team in the interest ofjustice.
However, earlythis morning the community had a conflict with the police, who wanted to suppress the community picket. Chris Molebatsi , the coordinator confirm the exchange which took place with the police. He further alluded that, it has been highlight in the very same Farlam commission that the rights of citizens toraise their voice must not be suppressed and must happen within the parameters of the law. According to our information picketers are within the law and have rights to do that’ this picket comes at the time when police are receiving a critical review from the civil society sector. Ordinary Police are viewed as out of touch with the public Oder laws and with this type of naivety, tax payers are cost a lot.
Bua community is also calling for the commission to give communities affected by Mining industries avoice. The exclusion of communities impacted by mining, does not also guaranteefull might of justice.
Bua community callson all Rustenburg people to join in on lunch time on various points and support this picket.
Intensify, organiseand mobilise.
Join the struggle.
By Eric Mokuoa