OPEN LETTER: CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS CALL ON ATTORNEY, DENNIS SIBUYI AND HIS CLIENTS TO RESPECT THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF COMMUNITY MEMBERS

In an extraordinary show of public solidarity for ALL RISE, 38 civil society organisations have come out in support of an earnest call on the National Union of Mineworkers; Mpukunyoni Traditional Authority; Mpukunyoni Community Mining Forum; the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union to and their representative attorney to:

• Respect Pretoria high court Judge Noluntu Bam’s 4 May ruling that Tendele Coal Mining’s 2013 application for a mining right (to expand its Somkhele operations) failed to comply with the law; and that the decision of officials in the Dept. of Minerals and Energy to award that right was invalid; 
• Respect the right of the Mpukunyoni people to assert their constitutional rights without fear of reprisal; and
• Respect the right of their attorneys (ALL RISE) to act without fear of harassment, intimidation and defamation.

* Amongst the most serious transgressions was Tendele’s “fundamental breach of the law with regard to public participation”.

The 38 organisations’ letter follows a 17 May 2022 statement titled “Mpukunyoni Community calls on All Rise and their funders to account to the community for their efforts to close Tendele Mine” which attacks All Rise, demanding to know the source of its funding, accusing it of wanting to close the mine and stating that All Rise’s actions are “tantamount to a gross human rights violation”.

Note: ALL RISE Attorneys represent the Mfolozi Community Environmental Justice Organisation, the Global Environmental Trust, Mining Affected Communities United in Action, ActionAid, and the Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network.

All Rise is truly humbled by the support and thanks every single organisation that signed this letter. An attack on one is an attack on all. 

 

SIGNED BY:
Amnesty International South Africa

Bench Marks Foundation

Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI)

Centre for Applied Legal Studies

Centre for Environmental Rights

Earthlife Africa

Mining Affected Communities United in Action (MACUA) and Women Affected by Mining United
in Action (WAMUA)

Just Share

KZN Violence Monitor

Lawyers for Human Rights

Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (SouthernDefenders)

ActionAid South Africa

Global Witness

Helen Suzman Foundation

Africa Coal Network

Environmental Defender Law Center

Global Environmental Trust

groundWork

350Africa.org

Natural Justice

Health Justice Initiative

BirdLife South Africa

P.E.A.C.E. Foundation Trust

EarthLore Foundation

EMS Foundation

Ian Player Magqubu Ntombela Foundation Trust

Living Limpopo

Animal Law Reform South Africa

Beauty Without Cruelty South Africa

Love Africa Marketing

Rhinos in Africa

Wilderness Leadership School

Future 4 Wildlife

Vervet Monkey Foundation

Global White Lion Protection Trust

Centre for Animal Rehabilitation and Education

The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA)

We are South Africans

Link to the letter:
https://lnkd.in/d_MPqk2B

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