Eric has lived on the northern limb in the Mapela area his whole life. Born in Fothane Village, over the years he has seen the systematic encroachment of mining operations on the land where he grew up. Cracked homes, limited herding land and chemical-infused dust from nearby blasting blight the community of Skimming where he now resides, wreaking havoc on daily life for Eric and his family. Angered by the situation, and with little prospect for change, his political views have shifted since 1994. Today, Eric puts his faith in the Economic Freedom Fighters, and believes Julius Malema can do something about their current predicament. His hope is that political change will bring positive socio-economic change to the lives of the people who now live at the mercy of the mines.
Eric Langa, 51, EFF Ward Councillor, Skimming Village, Mapela, Limpopo, Northern Limb