Judgment expected in Aurora appeal case

3 former directors applied for leave to appeal after a ruling which found they recklessly managed the mine.

FILE: Khulubuse Zuma. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The High Court in Pretoria will deliver judgment in the Aurora appeal case today with Trade Union Solidarity confident that the application will be dismissed.

Three former directors, including President Jacob Zuma's nephew Khulubuse Zuma, applied for leave to appeal after a ruling which found they recklessly managed the gold mines they took over.

They were found to be liable for damages amounting to about R1,7 billion after the mines were stripped of all their assets and thousands of jobs were lost when the company liquidated in 2011.

Yesterday, their legal teams argued that they believed funding would come through to keep operations going.

Solidarity's Gideon du Plessis says they don't believe the directors will be successful.

"I can't be how they can successful. The workers who have attended [the case] are very frustrated because although we could feel that this appeal will be dismissed the workers say they will go to the legal crossroad."