Pilikwe community to Take govt to court over radiation project

A member of the Pilikwe community, Dr Sebusang Sebusang, has appealed to members of his community to prepare for a legal wrangle with the government over its decision to go ahead with the proposed radioactive waste storage facility in the village.

Recently, the Ngwato Land Board warned the Pilikwe Task Force, which represents the community, that it intends to allocate a plot to the Department of Radiation Protection in the village.Speaking to The Monitor, Sebusang said it was clear that the only solution to the matter was to take it to both the High Court and the Land Tribunal. He said: "We should do all we can to appeal the Ngwato Land Board's decision. The best option for now is to go to the High Court and have their decision reversed and declared illegal as the whole process of choosing the village for the project has been greatly flawed."

Sebusang further appealed to individuals and friends of the Pilikwe community to each contribute P500 towards the case, which he said needs to be filed with the High Court as a matter of urgency."Lawyers need to be properly instructed and if we don't raise enough funds for the case, we might fail to have legal representation and this will most definitely put us in a bad light," he said. However, Sebusang could not reveal to The Monitor the grounds of the appeal against the decisions of both the government and the Ngwato Land Board, saying it could compromise the case. The village chief, Kgosi Bokopano Koodibetse declined to comment on the matter saying the Pilikwe Task Force has been appointed as the spokespeople for the people of Pilikwe as far as the issue is concerned.

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