[img_assist|nid=462|title=|desc=Statue of Lady Justice: Hans Gieng, 1543.|link=popup|align=right|width=149|height=240]by Derek Alberts
21 September 2008
COULD it be that justice is prevailing and that the Australian-led titanium mining project at Xolobeni on the Wild Coast will be shelved?
Notice to this effect surfaced when Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica admitted for the first time last week that the consultation process into the planned multi-billion rand project was “flawed”.
Her comments follow a heated meeting at Xolobeni, where AmaMpondo King Mpondomini Sigcau, through his lawyer, demanded that the mining licence be withdrawn and that a proper investigation into the project be conducted.
The regent made it clear that tourism is preferred over mining, prompting Sonjica to concede that “no proper procedures were taken”.
“Now I know things I did not know; something is not right, and I have to correct it,” she said.