Nica Richards
Deputy online news editor
5 minute read
15 Feb 2021
4:37 pm

Landmark victory for activists after Aussie miner tries SLAPP suit route

Nica Richards

The case involved two mining companies currently involved in major mineral sands projects in South Africa, namely Tormin Mineral Sands Project and the Xolobeni Mineral Sands Project. 

The mining company alleged that the accused made defamatory statements related to these mining activities, but the accused said that court action was being used to silence them, which violated their freedom of expression, and attempted to intimidate activists into silence. Picture: Just Share/Supplied

A recent Western Cape High Court ruling against an Australian mining company has placed yet another feather in South Africa’s environmental society’s cap.  The company, Mineral Commodities (MRC), tried and failed to issue a Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation (SLAPP) suit against six South African environmental justice and community activists.  MRC sought R14.25 million, or apologies.  The years’ long court battle ensued after comments were made by activists, who are also academics and lecturers, which the MRC found defamatory.  Battle lines drawn One of the accused is NPO Just Share’s executive director Tracey Davies, after comments were made by her...