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Rights group calls on Anglo American to find evictees alternative accomodation

Lawyers for Human Rights say the mine needs to find the 34 families alternative accommodation before evicting them from homes they've lived in since 1976.

Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - Lawyers for Human Rights have called on Anglo American to find alternative accommodation for 34 Mpumalanga families before evicting them.

It is understood that the coal mine has given the families two months to vacate their homes in Kriel, which they’ve been occupying since 1976.

The houses are said to belong to the mine and were being occupied by the widows and children of former mine workers.

Lawyers for Human Rights’ attorney Tarisai Mugunyani says all parties involved must come together to find a solution for the families.

“Our end goal here is for Anglo American Coal, for the municipality for which Kriel is located, which is Emalahleni Local Municpality and Eskom as well because Anglo American Coal leases these properties from Eskom - to come together to see if we can find a concrete solution for these former employees of this mining company.”

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