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Former Aurora miners won't get paid just yet

Aurora directors are heading to the Supreme Court of Appeal after the high court ruled against them.

FILE: Aurora directors are heading to the Supreme Court of Appeal after the high court ruled against them.

JOHANNESBURG - Despite Aurora workers claiming another victory in the battle for compensation after the company was liquidated, miners will now have to wait a bit longer before receiving any money.

The High Court in Pretoria on Friday dismissed an application for leave to appeal a previous judgment, finding the directors liable for R1.7 billion damages for stripping the mines of all their assets in 2011.

The group, which includes President Jacob Zuma's nephew, Khulubuse Zuma is now heading to another court in Bloemfontein to overturn the judgment.

Former Aurora workers are hoping the end of the nearly six year journey is finally coming to an end.

But Solidarity's Gideon du Plessis says with the directors heading to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein, there is still another hurdle.

"We in the meantime will instruct the legal teams to get an order of execution. If they are not successful in their appeal they immediately need to repay the money or they will be sequestrated."

Cosatu's Solly Phetoe says this judgment will send out a clear message.

"Anybody who does business must respect the laws of this country. The practice of being politically connected is no longer working."

He says workers from as far as Botswana and Lesotho have not been able to afford to go home in years.