Chamber of Mines condemns Sikhosiphi Rhadebe’s murder

Rhadebe was gunned down at his home in Bizana near Port St Johns on Tuesday night.

FILE. Rhadebe was opposed to titanium mining in the Xolobeni sand dunes by an Australian company. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Chamber of Mines has condemned the murder of a prominent Eastern Cape anti-mining activist in the Wild Coast.

Amadiba Crisis Committee Chair Sikhosiphi Rhadebe was gunned down at his home in Bizana near Port St Johns on Tuesday night by men who posed as police officers.

Rhadebe was opposed to titanium mining in the Xolobeni sand dunes by an Australian company.

In a statement, the Chamber of Mines says mining can be a source of conflict in communities.

It however says nothing can justify violence or murder.

The chamber has called on police to ensure those responsible for Rhadebe's death are brought to book.

More than 100 civil society organisations from across the country have called for the suspension of all mining permits in the area pending an outcome of the probe into Rhadebe's murder.