Aurora directors challenge High Court decision

Directors are now approaching the SCA over a judgment denying Aurora directors leave to appeal.

FILE:  Khulubuse Zuma is now heading to the SCA to challenge this morning’s judgment denying Aurora directors leave to appeal.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma's nephew, Khulubuse Zuma, is now heading to the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) to challenge this morning's High Court judgment denying Aurora directors leave to appeal.

The group which also includes Nelson Mandela's grandson, Zondwa Mandela, was found liable for the damages and losses at the mine.

They were found to be reckless after the mines were stripped of all assets when the company was liquidated in 2011.

The Aurora directors believe there are enough facts to warrant an appeal.

But Judge Eberhard Bertelmann disagrees.

"Not one of the factual findings recorded in the court's judgment has been attacked as being incorrect."

Vuyo Mkhize, who speaks on behalf of Zuma, says they are now going to file an appeal application in Bloemfontein.

"We still maintain [the] belief that a different court will come to a different conclusion", added Mkhize.

The unions representing the workers who have not been paid since 2010 have welcomed today's ruling.

Meanwhile, trade union Solidarity's Gideon du Plessis says today's ruling against Aurora's directors is a victory for workers and he justice system.

He says, "The workers are still in a very vulnerable position. There is not a cent that is flowing into their bank account [from] the liquidators."

The Congress of South African Trade Union's Solly Phetoe agrees.

"It's happy Friday; happy victory for those workers who, in the middle of October, will receive what is due to them."