- Things went south during a meeting that was meant to sort out issues revolving around a mining venture in the Wild Coast
- A heated argument between mineral resources minister Gwede Mantashe and human rights attorney Richard Spoor led to Spoor's arrest
- The Amadiba Crisis Committee was prevented by the police from attending the meeting
Sunday saw a chaotic meeting between Minister of mineral resources Gwede Mantashe and human rights attorney Richard Spoor.
The attorney and minister had a heated argument which resulted in the arrest of Spoor.
Spoor represented members of the Xolobeni community who opposes a venture to mine on land of the Wild Coast.
Spoor was arrested for incitement under the Riotous Assemblies Act. He was released with a warning, according to a report by TimesLIVE.
The community accuses Minister Mantashe of not allowing them to be involved with discussions over mining in the area.
The venture is Australia-backed and will be mining for heavy minerals and ilmenite. This planned mining has been causing trouble for a long time.
According to a spokesperson of the department of mineral resources, discussions between the parties who were present went well. The spokesperson added that everyone was given an opportunity to voice their views.
However, the anti-mining committee (Amadiba Crisis Committee) have a different view of what happened. They feel they weren't given a chance to really engage with the minister.
The committee said Spoor tried to talk to the minister but was forcibly removed from the meeting, which escalated the situation. There are claims that Spoor was beaten with chairs.
Tear gas and stun grenades were used to disperse the community who was singing and dancing in protest.
Police were preventing the community from going near the tent in which the meeting was held.
A witness claims that one of the ACC members, Nonhle Mbuthuma, was tear-gassed in the face but the claim can't be proven at this time.
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