About 200 members of the Mining Affected Communities United Action (Macau) marched to the office of the department of mineral resources in Pretoria yesterday demanding an immediate moratorium on persecuting hungry and needy zama zama miners.
They also asked that the department work with them to call an urgent zama zama conference. The protesters called on Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane to do away with the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act.
They maintain it is a product of an undemocratic process, it gives precedence to the extraction of minerals without other considerations and serves the destructive interest of pro-mining groups, who allegedly have no respect for communities and the environment.
Macau spokesperson Mechack Mbangula said their members came from all nine provinces in the country.
He said they wanted the minister to enter into negotiations with them to ensure zama zamas’ voices were entrenched in the mining legislative processes and they be treated with respect and consideration before any decisions affecting their interests were taken.