The Prime Minister of KwaZulu-Natal, Sihle Zikalala, called for calm on Monday following the assassination of the executive officer of Richards Bay Mineral, Nico Swart.
According to SAPS spokeswoman Thembeka Mbele, Swart was general Operational Services Manager At RBM, he died when gunmen opened fire on his vehicle while he was driving to work in Richards Bay. Another 20 high-profile bullets hit his vehicle. Swart died on the scene.
The murder came after the recent “groundbreaking discussions” between RMB management and Amakhosi about the company’s recent investment in Zulti South, which is expected to raise R100 billion for the company Economy as well as issues related to compensation for communities whose homes were damaged by RBM miners.
“The incident occurred in broad daylight, during rush hour, and in full view of pedestrians and motorists, the callous nature of the attackers . At the same time, we hope that this will provide a window that will help identify and arrest the perpetrators, “said Zikalala.
” We urge the police to make this a priority investigation and get on the Reason for this offense. Only a quick arrest will send a clear message that we will not allow violence to be used to resolve our differences, no matter what they are or how big or unsolvable the problems might be, “said Zikalala.
< p> Zikalala expressed the government’s “deepest condolences” to Swart’s family and colleagues at RBM.
“We call for calm at RBM and all concerned, so that the current discussion and negotiation process is facilitated by the Provincial government at RBM to proceed, “said Zikalala.
Zikalala said there were” groundbreaking discussions “between the RBM leadership and local Amakhosi during a meeting on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 to resolve longstanding problems between the parties. The meeting was attended by Zikalala, members of the Executive Council, district and local mayors, Amakhosi and RBM management.
The traditional communities on whose land RBM mines were established by the traditional authorities of Mbuyazi, Mkhwanazi , represented. Dube and Sokhulu. All parties agreed that the relevant departments for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Economic Development, Tourism and Environment, Community Security and Liaison, working under the direction of the Prime Minister’s Office, will continue to move the matter forward in the coming weeks .
“These processes are ongoing and we will not let anything prevent or distract us from finding each other on all of the issues that lead to instability in this area and the uncertainty of RBM’s massive investments in led these traditional communities. We need to identify the criminal elements and isolate them from the majority who want nothing more than peaceful coexistence and partnership between the government and the miners in the Richards Bay region, ”said Zikalala.
At the center One of the most recent discussions is RBM’s latest investment in Zulti South, which is expected to deliver R100 billion in economic value to the country, with R40 billion flowing in the first 12 years of operation of the mine. The other issues involved completing compensation for communities whose homes were damaged by RBM mining operations and paying outstanding dividends to the Mkhwanazi Traditional Council.