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Apartheid lawsuit pushes on

An NGO representing Apartheid victims says it will push forward with its case against muti-national companies.

An NGO representing Apartheid victims say it will push forward with its case against muti-national companies.

CAPE TOWN - A South African Non-government Organisation (NGO) that represents victims of Apartheid said on Thursday it is determined to push forward with a lawsuit against several multi-national corporations until the matter is concluded.

The Khulumani Support Group is suing a number of companies, such as IBM South Africa and the Daimler Motor Company in various sectors to claim compensation for their alleged part in propping up the Apartheid regime.

It has been 10 years since the Khulumani Support Group launched its legal action.

But the organisation said it has come too far to back down now.

In 2009 the South African government made an about turn regarding the matter.

Government initially wouldn't back the case arguing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) had dealt with such issues.

Khulumani's Marjorie Jobson said they now enjoy the support of the state.

"Minister Jeff Radebe, who went as far as arguing that it was critical that this case proceeded in the US court system."

In 2004 the case was dealt a blow when an American court dismissed the suit.

But this ruling was overturned on appeal.

The companies are opposing the action on the grounds that the respective countries where they are based allowed them to do business with the Apartheid government.

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