SANCO CALLS FOR FULL INVESTIGATION
The South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) has called for a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of the mineral resources department’s Mpumalanga regional manager Aubrey Tshivhandekano last week.
The official was allegedly fired at the gates of the Koornfontein Colliery‚ owned by the Gupta-linked Tegeta Resources‚ as he was about to issue the mine a notice for non-compliance with its mining rights, Sanco national spokesman Jabu Mahlangu said yesterday.
“We view the allegations of state capture and the purported involvement of [Mineral Resources] Minister Mosebenzi Zwane in the Tshivhandekano saga in a serious light,” he said.
Mahlangu called for a probe into allegations by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) that Zwane had issued instructions for Tshivhandekano to be fired to stop the issuance of the notice‚ which could have closed the colliery.