A group of members who didn’t want to be named, were protesting on Tuesday morning, 20 October 2020. The group has made a call to Exxaro mine in Lephalale to respond to their employment demands.
The group said there were unfair job recruitments in the mine. They further said the mine must start employing young people from nearby surroundings and stop overlooking them.
They added that the mine has postponed three meetings they were supposed to hold with them.
During the protest, one member was shot and killed after a fatal rubber bullet was released following an exchange with a private security company.
The murder case involving a security personnel Lucky Khuzwayo was opened by Lephalale Magistrate Court and the matter was heard on the 27 October 2020 and he was released on the 05 November 2020 on R2000 bail and will be back in court on 15 December 2020.
Exxaro Stakeholder Affairs Executive, Mzila Mthenjane said they are saddened by the loss of a local community member.
Mthenjane said the Mine Management has been engaged in the structured process to address issues related to local recruitment, local procurement, enterprise and supplier development, skills development and social investment initiatives.
Mthenjane added that the mine exercises fair corporate governance processes in relation to employment and procurement opportunities to provide transparent and unfettered access to local community members and South African society.
“We will continue to address these issues of concern to reach a long-term resolution on future opportunities for the benefit of community members,” he said.
The protesters are believed to have entered the private property owned by Exxaro near its Grootegeluk mine operations.
The protestors went on to set fire to a partof the veld and a conveyor belt leading out of the mine.
At least 10 protestors were arrested by Lephalale SAPS for damaging property. However, they have been released with a warning.