Somkhele 9 released after intervention by GET lawyers

“You must remember that our strength always comes from struggles and hardship like this.”

Yesterday, after a desperate phone call on Tuesday evening, our attorney, Kirsten Youens and advocate, Mawande Mazibuko, attended KwaMsane Magistrate’s Court for the bail hearing of 9 men who were arrested and jailed at the instance of Tendele mine on Tuesday 14 November. All 9 were released with a warning. These men were relocated by the mine in 2014 and promised jobs and training which never materialised. They are all unemployed. The men blocked the entrance to the mine and demanded to speak to mine management about their grievances. The police were called and the men were arrested. Later, the wives and mothers of these men did the same thing in protest of the earlier arrests and mine management had them arrested too.

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