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gavel thumb100 GroundUp reports that in a notice on 14 September, Ekapa Minerals (EM) abandoned part of its interdict against so-called ‘zama zama’ miners in Kimberley, calling into question the validity of the entire interdict.  

The miners had appealed in the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) against the interdict, which prevents them from entering and mining on certain property belonging to EM.  As part of their application, they presented evidence which showed that EM was not legally entitled to interdict some of the property.  The case began in 2015, when De Beers began selling off mine dumps to various companies, including EM.  Zama zama informal miners had been mining the dumps before the sale.  Although EM had not yet acquired ownership of the dumps, it successfully applied for an interdict to prevent the miners from entering the dumps and from removing or excavating material.  The zama zamas, represented by Spoor Inc, challenged the validity of the interdict, but it was confirmed by both the High Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal.  They then turned to the ConCourt with new supporting evidence.  EM then decided to abandon the interdict over two farms.  This victory for the zama zamas may bolster their efforts to have the appeal heard by the ConCourt.  Meanwhile, Ekapa has been back in court with an urgent application to have the portions of the interdict that have not been abandoned enforced against the zama zamas.

  • Read this report by Safura Abdool Karim in full at GroundUp

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