Cape Town - A South African lawyer filed the first papers on
Tuesday in a potential class action suit against top gold mining companies on
behalf of thousands of workers who claim they contracted silicosis, a lung
disease, through the negligence of the firms.
The filing of the papers against South Africa’s leading gold
miners, AngloGold Ashanti [JSE:ANG], Gold Fields [JSE:GFI] and Harmony Gold
Mining Company [JSE:HAR], is a preliminary step to determine if the court
recognises the case as a class action.