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The deafening silence of Moody-Stuart

Published by MAC on 2007-02-25

The deafening silence of Moody-Stuart

25th February 2007

Yet another unprovoked attack was made last week on a South African community fighting the depredations and allegedly illegal operations of Anglo Platinum.

While celebrating a South African Broadcasting TV programme, which severely criticised the company's relocation programme for the inhabitants of Ga-Puka, 29 people were arrested, including five young people - one only 11 years old.

Jubliee South Africa issued a vehement protest against the assaults, while community laywer, Richard Spoor, published an Open Letter to Mark Moody-Stuart, chairman of Anglo Platinum's parent company Anglo American, in which he outlined the abuses for which its subsidiary is being held responsible.

Six months after the people of Maandagshoek first appealed to Moody-Stuart to hear their grievances against Anglo Platinum's operations, the world's most renowned advocate of "corporate social responsibility" in mining apparently remains silent - and unmoved.

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