Record number of land and environmental defenders killed globally in 2020

Nearly a year after Fikile Ntshangase was murdered, her daughter, Malungelo Xhakaza, says her mother’s struggle against the expansion of Petmin’s Somkhele coal mine in northern KwaZulu-Natal, operated by its subsidiary Tendele Coal Mining, lives on.

“When Fikile gave her life for her people, she kickstarted a movement that will stand up for what’s right,” says Xhakaza in a report by Global Witness, an environmental and human rights watchdog. 

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Sheree Bega
Sheree Bega is an environment reporter at the Mail & Guardian.

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