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protestCity Press reports that it is believed that the Bapo ba Mogale youth who have been demanding jobs from Lonmin may have decided to halt their protest following the death of the paramount chief in the area.  

The protests forced the platinum producer to close two operations last week.  Kgosi of the Bapo ba Mogale for three decades, Bob Edward Mogale, died on Monday evening after having been ill for about a month.  Mogale had been living in a palatial mansion that served as a royal palace, costs in respect of which had ballooned from the initial R20-million budget to a whopping R80 million.  It has also been reported that about R68 million was paid to consultants alone and R2.8 million was spent on decor.  Meanwhile, a pending report by the Public Protector is expected to shed light on what happened to the missing millions of rands in mining royalties that were paid in the name of the Bapo ba Mogale.  The former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, previously told the community that its account had had R617 million in 1994, but that this had dropped to just more than R495,000 by 2014.

  • Read this report by Poloko Tau in full at City Press

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