Oz company accused of being behind mining activist's murder

Sikhosiphi Rhadebe was shot dead last week outside his home in Bizana by men posing as police officers.

The Wild Coast is situated along the coast of the Eastern Cape. Picture: wildcoast.co.za

JOHANNESBURG - The Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) says it believes an Australian-owned mining company is behind the murder of its leader in the Wild Coast.

Sikhosiphi Rhadebe was shot dead last week outside his home in Bizana by men posing as police officers.

He was an activist who was strongly opposed to a titanium mining operation run by Mineral Commodities Limited in the Xolobeni sand dunes.

He was also a prominent taxi owner.

Rhadebe was shot eight times and died instantly.

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The committee's Mzamo Dlamini believes there's no doubt his murder is related to his opposition to mining.

"It was an Australian mining company which was to mine into our area. We simply blocked them and they were threatening to kill. The only suspicion is on those people, but otherwise we don't know of anything else."

The Chamber of Mines has condemned the murder and called on police to ensure those responsible for Rhadebe's death are brought to book.

The mining company has not yet responded to the claims.