Investigators probe murder of KZN environmental activist

Investigators probe murder of KZN environmental activist

Premier Sihle Zikalala says investigators have been tasked with finding out whether the murder of a northern KZN environmental activist was a hit.

Fikile Ntshangase

Fikile Ntshangase was killed in her Ophondweni home on Thursday night. 

The 63-year-old had been vigorously opposed to plans by a local open coal mine to expand operations in the area because of the environmental concerns residents of Somkhlele have. 

She's said to have turned down a R350 000 bribe offered to her to walk away.  

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Ntshangase was a member of the Mfolozi Community Environmental Justice Organisation. 

The organisation's attorney, Kirsten Youens says their 3 000 clients from the Somkele community are determined to continue the fight against open-pit mining in the village. 

She says there's now more pressure from pro-mining groups and some individuals in the community to keep the mine going. 

"It's all to do with money, it's all about money, unfortunately. My clients are not willing to sacrifice their land and their health and their water and everything else so that these two people can make more money."

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