PUBLIC Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report-back on Monday to the Bapo Ba Mogale community of North West could be a ray of light in their long search for the millions of rand in mining royalties that are missing from provincial coffers.Her staff have cautioned that she will be there only to explain — before she leaves office in October — what she has been able to achieve so far. It will be up to her successor to give the full accounting they hope for about the royalties owed to them for more than 40 years of Lonmin mining on their land, which includes Marikana.Rural communities across SA face massive odds when they try to hold traditional leaders and the government to account for mining deals on their land. Contrived versions of custom, the courts, the law, and logistical challenges are just some of the obstacles in their way.North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo promised soon after his appointment in May 2014 to find out what had happened to the funds held on behalf of the Bapo and mor...

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