SCA orders Aurora bosses to pay up or face sequestration

Aurora Empowerment System will now be liable to pay R1.5 billion in damages.

FILE: Khulubuse Zuma outside the Justice Department offices in Pretoria in 2012. Picture: The Times/Gallo Images.

JOHANNESBURG - The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein has dismissed an application by five directors of mining company, Aurora Empowerment System and will now be liable to pay R1.5 billion in damages.

It's been a five-year battle, with at least 5,000 workers not receiving salaries.

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The SCA has also ruled that if the directors, which include President Jacob Zuma's nephew Khulubuse Zuma, don't pay, they will be sequestrated.

Trade Union Solidarity's Gideon du Plessis says, "An investigation into all the alleged fraudulent activity now needs to take place, which means if they don't pay, they will be immediately sequestrated. It's been a five-year battle and at long last we can say that our trust in the legal system has been restored."

Meanwhile, Zuma is evaluating his options after the SCA ruling to dismiss an application to appeal a High Court Judgment.

The High Court found that they had been reckless in managing the mine, they had taken over, which resulted in thousands of people losing their jobs.

The Aurora mine was liquidated in 2011.

Trade Union Solidarity says the workers are entitled to about R28,000 each.

However, Zuma's spokesperson, Vuyo Mkhize, says there are still options available to them.

"He could reapply to the SCA or he could escalate the matter to the Constitutional Court. He could also just accept the decision as is."