More Aurora former directors expected to be sequestrated

Trade union Solidarity announced mine director Khulubuse Zuma agreed to pay R23 million in damages.

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

JOHANNESBURG - While Aurora mineworkers are hoping to be paid what they are due in the near future, the saga continues with some of the former directors expected to be sequestrated.

Yesterday, trade union Solidarity announced that mine director Khulubuse Zuma agreed to pay R23 million in damages after the gold mine was liquidated five years ago.

Zuma, who is President Jacob Zuma's nephew, Zondwa Mandela, the former president's grandson and other Aurora directors, assumed control of the Pamodzi Gold mines but a High Court found they were reckless in managing the operation 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.

This means workers will be paid a portion of the R28,000 they are entitled to.

But the union's Gideon du Plessis says the matter isn't over.

"There are still other people involved in the Aurora matter that still need to be sequestrated - Thulani Ngubani, Zondo Mandela and others. Their assets will now be sold, also to see how much money can be generated from that."