In what seems to be a striking decision on behalf of community activists trying to resist damage and displacement, a magistrate in South Africa’s Limpopo Province has dismissed charges laid against three women brought before his court.
They were accused of stoning a mine security vehicle employed by Anglo American’s subsidiary, Angloplat, as the company tried to blast near their homes last year.
The magistrate ruled that the women had “acted legitimately in a situation of sudden emergency and in defence of their lives and property.”