Judgment in Khulubuse Zuma's case expected on Tuesday

Aurora's former director wants claims of around R1,5 billion against his company set aside.

FILE: Aurora Gold Mine in Springs. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The North Gauteng High Court will on Tuesday hand down judgment regarding Khulubuse Zuma's urgent application to have claims of R1,5 billion against his company set aside.

Zuma, who is the president's nephew, is the former director of Aurora Empowerment Systems, which was liquidated in 2011.

He is being accused, along with his co-directors, of mismanaging the mines they bought and for being responsible for around 5,000 job losses.

Zuma's lawyers have brought an urgent application to have the matter, which is due to be heard at the end of the month, set aside.

His company, Aurora, was appointed to manage two mines bought from Pamodzi Gold, but allegedly stripped the infrastructure and sold it for scrap instead.

Liquidators now want Zuma and his co-directors to be held personally liable for about R1,7 billion in damages.

The master of the court and lawyers for the liquidators want the application thrown out, saying it is simply a ploy to delay the hearing which is set down for the end of the month.

If Zuma's application is successful it'll hamper the mineworkers' chances of getting the money that is due to them.