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Nonhle Mbuthuma is leading the fight for her community against a mining company that wants to mine titanium on their ancestral land. But she’s being harassed just for defending their rights.

Nonhle is part of the Amadiba traditional community, who have communal rights to land on South Africa’s Eastern Cape. Around 5,000 people may be forcibly evicted if the company is allowed to mine the land. They could lose their homes, livelihoods and whole way of being.

Nonhle and her community founded the Amadiba Crisis Committee to unite people across five villages to push back. Since then, she has been continually intimidated and threatened and even survived an attempt to kill her. Another community leader was shot dead in 2016 and Nonhle was next on the ‘hit list’. She believes the threats are an attempt to silence her and force her to flee her land.

But she’s determined to resist. As she says: “This land was my grandmother’s, who inherited it from her grandparents. What am I going to leave for my children? Mining is not an option.”

Urge the President of South Africa to protect Nonhle and investigate the harassment and intimidation targeted at her.

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President of the Republic of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa

Dear President,

I urge you and your government to protect Nonhle Mbuthuma, the Amadiba community leader in the Eastern Cape. She is a peaceful human rights defender standing up for her community to protect the land they rely on.

Please also conduct a full and proper investigation into the harassment and intimidation targeted at her and other activists as they stand up to the actions of the mining company Transworld Energy and Mineral Resources (TEM).

Yours Sincerely,

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