SANCO lays charges against Nkomati mine marchers

The civic organisation says allegations made against it in the media are just ‘defamation of character’.


The South African National Civic Organisation in the Mpumalanga province has approached the cops.

This follows a march to Nkomati Mine between Badplaas and Machadodorp in which community members marched against the influence in procurement and employment that leaders of the civic organisation have at the mine.

They charged that those who are not in the good books of SANCO were sidelined and not getting tenders and employment at the mine.

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The march to the nickel mine, partly owned by Sundowns football club president Patrice Motsepe, occured on 7 July 2017 but things took a bad turn a week ago when one of the leaders of the march went to the Ligwalagwala FM to paint the civic organisation as a dishonest movement.

Provincial spokesman Bongani Mwale approached the cops on Friday evening and laid charges of defamation of character.

Mwale was accompanied by Gert Sibande SANCO leader Dan Khumalo.

Mwale on Facebook said the civic organisation will not hesitate to take bold steps in the face of ANC leaders attacking it.



“MECs, mayors, councilors and members of the ANC attack leaders of the other alliance formations, [indirectly] and direct,” he said.

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“We have no other option. It’s gonna be bad. We know their next move – we understand their thinking. State organs are going to be used against leaders ‘outside the nest’,” Mwale said.

Badplaas police spokeswoman Cynthia Vilakazi-Dlamini confirmed SANCO approached them and laid charges of defamation of character.

“They say their character was defamed on Ligwalagwala FM. There hasn’t been any arrest, we will wait the decision of the public prosecutor on the expected actions that we must take,” she said.

(edited by ZK)

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