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Endorse this joint statement on the assassination of the chairperson of the Amadiba Crisis Committee - #StandWithAmadiba #StandForDemocracy 

Joint civil society statement on assassination of chairperson of Amadiba Crisis Committee

We are shocked and outraged to learn of the brutal murder of the chairperson of Amadiba Crisis Committee, Sikhosiphi Bazooka Rhadebe. As chair of the ACC, Bazooka Rhadebe was a leader of the community’s years-long struggle against an Australian mining company, Mineral Commodities Limited, which seeks to plunder the Amadiba's communal lands along the Wild Coast.
 

According to Amadiba Crisis Committee: “ The hitmen came in a white Polo with a rotating blue lamp on the roof. Two men knocked at the door saying they were the police. Mr Rhadebe was shot with 8 bullets in the head.”
 

This is not the first case of intimidation or violence against those who have opposed mining in the area.
 

Our hearts go out to Bazooka's family and community.
 

The assassination of Bazooka is a painful reminder that from abahlali baseMjondolo to the Helen Suzman Foundation, there is an existing pattern of criminal attacks on civil society formations, especially on those in townships, informal settlements and rural areas. For years, poor people’s movements in different parts of the country have experienced regular harassment, intimidation, detention and violence against their members. It is worst felt when the media are far away and the victims are poor, black or rural, and when major industries stand to make billions in profit.
 

We cannot afford to remain silent in the face of any of these attacks. Every one of them is an attack on democracy itself.
 

  1. We call for the speedy arrest and successful prosecution of the killers of comrade Bazooka.

  2. We further call on the Human Rights Commission to investigate the systematic process of intimidation that has been orchestrated against those who have stood up against MRC and its lackeys in the area.

  3. We demand that the Minister of Mineral Resources suspends all mining applications until there has been a full and independent investigation of Rhadebe's murder!

  4. We demand protection for all members of the Amadiba Crisis Committee and their families!

  5. We call on all progressive forces to stand up in defence of democracy. End the attacks on our activists and movements!
     

#StandWithAmadiba #StandForDemocracy
 

STATEMENT ENDORSED BY:
 

  1. 350Africa.org

  2. ActionAid SA

  3. African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB)

  4. Alternative Information & Development Centre, (AIDC)

  5. Bench Marks Foundation

  6. CATAPA

  7. CEE-HOPE Nigeria

  8. Centre for Civil Society (CCS)

  9. Centre for Environmental Rights (CER)

  10. Centre for Human Rights, Unversity of Pretoria

  11. Co-operative and Policy Alternative Center (COPAC)

  12. Coalition for Environmental Justice (CEJ)

  13. Coastal Links

  14. Colombia Solidarity Campaign, UK

  15. Common Frontiers – Canada

  16. Community Media Trust (CMT)

  17. Democracy Works Foundation

  18. Democratic Left Front

  19. Economic Justice Network of FOCCISA/AMI

  20. Ekogaia Foundation

  21. Equal Education (EE)

  22. Food Soverninty Campaign

  23. Fossil Free South Africa

  24. Global Afrikan People's Parliament

  25. Global Justice Forum

  26. Health of Mother Earth Foundation

  27. International Socialist Movement (SA)

  28. Johannesburg Anglican Environmental Initiative (JAEI)

  29. KeepLeft (Socialism from Below)

  30. Khanyisa Education and Development Trust

  31. Kingston University, London

  32. Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR)

  33. Left Students' Forum

  34. Marikana Support Campaign

  35. Masifundise

  36. Media Monitoring. Africa (MMA)

  37. MEJCON-SA

  38. Mineral Policy Institute

  39. Ndifuna Ukwazi

  40. Network of Eastern Cape Rural Organisarions (26 organisations)

  41. Noordhoek Environmental Action Group (NEAG)

  42. OilWatch Latinoamérica

  43. Open Secrets

  44. Oparation Khanyisa Movement (OKM)

  45. Oxfam South Africa

  46. Oxford Women for Justice and Peace

  47. Pan Afrikan Reparations Coalition in Europe

  48. Parliamentary Monitoring Group (PMG)

  49. People's Assembly

  50. Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM)

  51. Right2Know Campaign (R2K)

  52. Salva la Selva /Rettet den Regenwald

  53. Social Justice Coalition (SJC)

  54. Socialist Group

  55. Socio Economic Rights Institute (SERI)

  56. South Durban Community Environmental Alliance

  57. Southern African Faith Communities' Environment Institute (SAFCEI)

  58. STEPS

  59. Sustaining the Wild Coast

  60. SWC

  61. The Gaia Foundation

  62. Thembelihle Crisis Committee (TCC)

  63. Treatment Action Campaign (TAC)

  64. Unemployed People's Movement

  65. Unemployed people's organisation KZN

  66. United Front

  67. United Front Western Cape

  68. War on Want

  69. Women's Legal Centre

  70. WoMin African Gender and Extractives Alliance