Richard Spoor was charged with “incitement” under the Riotous Assemblies Act and released with a warning on Sunday afternoon, attorney Johan Lorenzen confirmed to News24 on Monday.
An attorney representing Eastern Cape residents opposing an application for a mine in Xolobeni, was arrested at the weekend after marching with community members during a meeting with Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe.
He said Spoor was expected to appear in the Bizana Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
Mantashe had visited the village in the Mbizana local municipality, on the Wild Coast, on Sunday to engage with residents on issues emanating from an application by Australian company Transworld Energy and Mineral Resources (TEM) for rights to mine the titanium-rich sands.
The Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) launched a court battle against Mantashe’s department and TEM, which was heard in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria in April.
Concerned by how much engagement with residents would actually take place, ACC members marched to the venue to add their voices to the debate.
In videos posted by the committee, residents are seen singing and dancing as a line of police officers in riot gear form a line in front of the marquee.
According to ACC, tear gas and stun grenades were fired.
In another video, Spoor tells Mantashe: “Don’t call me a liar. I am trying to help you and if you work with us, we can work together and solve problems.”
Mantashe is heard telling Spoor not to disrupt the meeting.
Source: Daily Sun