Gold miners slapped with lawsuit

2012-08-21 10:21

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.


  • tiaan.truter - 2012-08-21 11:20

    wait wait isnt this "claim they contracted silicosis, a lung disease" what happens when u work in a mine for a long time ? If it is then how can they blame the mine for it ?

      Sindisiwe Msomi - 2012-08-21 12:39

      theres something u people need 2 understand about working in mines and Silicosis. its the duty of the mines 2 ensure that their emoloyees health is taken care of. thats y they would hire Health, Safety and Environment Officers. their are responsible in making sure that the employees health nd safety is not put @ risk by providing employees wit adeque Personal Protective Equipment. so the employees have every right 2 sue the mines if their health was not considered and no proper precaution taken. u should have lung cancer just because u work at a mine for a long time.

      koos.vandermerwe.338 - 2012-08-21 13:49

      You shouldn't remove your PPE just because it is hot and humid underground. - 2012-08-21 14:01

      Tiaan, further to what Sindisiwe states is that every mine is compelled by law to test every worker for silicosis at least once every year.Now had this law been applied strictly there would be very much less cases of silicosis. the testing is very strict and should a worker have silicosis even at a very young stage it would be detected.

  • hlgiorgino - 2012-08-21 11:48

    Good news these guys must be held accountable. While you are at it sue them for the acid drainage, they must clean up their mess

  • michael.j.anderson.144 - 2012-08-21 14:50

    go back in history - the mines in SA never belonged to SA. Our gold continues to flow out South Africa's front door. Foreigners are on our land, pulling out our gold, and sending it overseas. How does this work?

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