Community members took to the streets after a disagreement between the Lonmin Management, Bapo Ba Mogale tribal authority and the community members over the said equitable shares and the plans to create more jobs for them.
According to members of the public, they had previously engaged with the mine regarding employment and the royalties. They further said that during the meeting the mine management promised the community to look into the matter and respond within seven working days.
On the 12th of June 2015, the community of Bapong held another meeting to check whether there was any reply by the mine. After seeing that the report was not available, they decided to engage in a protest and approximately five (5) vehicles burned down in the process.
The community accuses their tribal leader, Letlhogonolo Nthontho, at the tribal council of letting them down by accepting 2% of their royalties instead of 26% which were supposed to have been given to the community.
It is alleged that there is maladministration in the royal house, miss-communication between the mine and the royal house or maybe someone from the royal house was given a bribe to accept the 2% instead of the promised percentage?
The community has not been told the truth about the royalties given to them by the mine, therefore they have indicated that if no amicable solution is found by the mine they will seize the mining licence and stop Lonmin from operating.
At the time of going to press, there was no reply from the Lonmin mine and the tribal council at Bapo Ba Mogale tribal authority.