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Aurora: Solidarity wants out of court compensation settlement

Solidarity says their members will settle for a R28,000 compensation from Aurora.

FILE: Solidarity says their members will settle for a R28,000 compensation from Aurora. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Trade union Solidarity says it is already instructed its lawyers to arrange a meeting with Aurora directors to discuss a possible out of court compensation settlement.

President Jacob Zuma's nephew Khulubuse and the late Nelson Mandela's grandson Zondwa are part of the group, who have been found to be reckless, after the mines were stripped of all their assets when the company was liquidated in 2011.

Miners have not been paid for years, some as far back as 2009.

Solidarity's Gideon du Plessis says the trade union's lawyers are hopeful to get some sort of compensation for workers who have not been paid for years.

"The deal, we can get payment for the workers and Solidarity members will walk away with R28,000 that they are due."

He says according to the Insolvency Act, a person can only claim a maximum of R28,000.

"The average claim is R52,000 and it goes up to R500,000 for certain individuals, but the best they can settle for is R28,000."

But workers say any amount of compensation will be welcomed.