Aurora miners could finally see money due to them

Khulubuse Zuma agreed to pay R23m in damages after the gold mine was liquidated five years ago.

FILE: Aurora mine. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Aurora mineworkers are now hoping to be paid a portion of the money due to them, now that Khulubuse Zuma has agreed to pay R23 million in damages after the gold mine was liquidated five years ago.

Zuma, Zondwa Mandela and other Aurora directors have been in control of the Pamodzi Group's Gold Mines.

But a High Court found they were reckless in managing the mine and were liable for damages after more than 5,000 workers lost their jobs.

Zuma approached the Supreme Court of Appeal to challenge the court's ruling, but his application was dismissed.

There have been several lawsuits in the past five years and many delays, but it seems the Aurora saga may be coming to an end now that Zuma has agreed to pay the R23 million in damages.

Trade union Solidarity, which represents many of the former Aurora miners, says they may see some of the money due to them.

The union's Gideon du Plessis says the workers are entitled to about R28,000 each.

"The first portion of the payment will go towards legal fees, then the workers are first in line and they will receive a portion of what they due since the amount will not cover all the outstanding salaries."

According to the union, the other Aurora directors have failed to comply with the damages agreement and are expected sequestrated.

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