EFF to keep pressurising NW government & mines

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EFF Chairperson in the North West province, Betty Diale. Photo: Moeketsi Mogotsi

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in the North West says it will keep on piling pressure on its provincial government in order to ensure that big mining companies invest in the communities in which they operate.

EFF Chairperson in North West, Betty Diale, says the party is satisfied with the fact that Premier, Supra Mahumapelo, mentioned that the North West government will continue to have discussions with the Minister of Mineral resources in order to ensure this happens during his State of the Province Address on Friday.

Mahumapelo said the mining companies make billions of rands from the communities but most of that money is then taken to other provinces for instance, such as Gauteng, to support big corporates.

Diale says a lot more still needs to be done, however.

“We can see as we have been agitating as the Economic Freedom Fighters that for a change mines in North West are going to account, that mines in the North West are going to be monitored by the government,” she says.

“There will be state capacity that is built to ensure that we get value for money from these mines in North West. It’s not enough, because they are claiming to say that R48 billion has been spent in the past three years by mines in North West. We haven’t seen any of that,” she explains.

Moeketsi Mogotsi/Courant News