'Former Aurora workers entitled to at least R28k each'

Solidarity says former workers are entitled to R28,000, but Khulubuse Zuma needs to consult his lawyers.

FILE: Khulubuse Zuma. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Trade union Solidarity says former Aurora workers are entitled to at least R28,000 each, but Khulubuse Zuma says he still needs to consult his lawyers.

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has dismissed an application to appeal a High Court judgment that found Zuma and four other directors were reckless in managing the mine they took over.

The court found they are liable for damages after Aurora was liquidated in 2011, which left thousands of people without jobs.

Solidarity's General Secretary Gideon du Plessis says the dismissal of the application to appeal the Aurora judgment has renewed his faith in the legal system.

"For the workers it's a victory because they'll either get money or be satisfied if there's a sequestration, now the Aurora directors could lose everything as was the case with workers.

Zuma's spokesperson, Vuyo Mkhize, says they could still go back to the SCA, elevate this to the Constitutional Court or abide by the High Court's ruling.

"Whatever he's going to do will only become clear once he has consulted with his legal team."

For the mine workers who have been struggling for five years, R28,000 each will be a great help.

It's understood the directors could be sequestrated if they don't pay up.