Zuma, Mandela run out of appeals; court orders must cough R1.7bn on Aurora

Solidarity media statement

labour relations
Gideon du Plessis is the General Secretary of Solidarity

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has just given judgment on the appeal application of the Aurora directors, dismissing the application.

This comes after the directors had appealed against the High Court judgment given by Judge Eberhardt Bertelsmann ruling that Khulubuze Zuma, Zondwa Mandela, Thulani Ngubani, Solly Bhana and Fazel Bhana must be held liable in their personal capacity for Aurora’s looting of the Pamodzi mining assets worth R1.7 billion.

According to Solidarity General Secretary Gideon du Plessis, this signals the end of five years of evading and frustrating the justice system and it means the Aurora directors have to cough up for damages and pay the outstanding salaries of the 5 300 workers without delay. Should they fail to do so, they would be sequestrated. “More criminal investigations into corruption and gross mismanagement and possible prosecution will follow straightaway,” Du Plessis said.

“This judgment is a major victory for the 5 300 workers who have been innocently plunged into poverty, and the rule of law has also triumphed,” Du Plessis said.

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