Coal of Africa may face criminal charges

 Australian listed miner Coal of Africa could be facing criminal charges over alleged environmental transgressions.

The South African Director of Public Prosecutions is currently considering whether to pursue criminal prosecutions, according to Moneyweb.

South African justice minister Jeff Radebe said a police docket has been forwarded to the DPP, but a final decision will only be carried out once police complete their investigations.

The miner reportedly broke the National Water Act, Act 36 of 1998, and the National Environmental Management Act, Act 107 of 1998.

However, Radebe added that the company has already admitted guilt and paid a fine of nine million rand, and a criminal case would be inappropriate.

Coal of Africa spokesperson, James Duncan, released a statement saying "as has been widely publicised, Coal of Africa has made substantial progress – both in terms of its relationships with respective regulators and reparative/developmental measures at Vele – in recent months, all of which augur well for the future. In view of this, we don’t believe criminal charges are likely. If criminal charges were to be pursued however, Coal of Africa would defend these vigorously."

Coal of Africa operates the Mooiplaats, Zonnebloem, and Woestalleen thermal coal mines in South Africa.


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