Johannesburg - Anglo American SA (AASA) has settled a law suit brought by miners who claimed they had contracted silicosis while working for the company, it was announced on Wednesday.
“I'm delighted to announce this (Wednesday ) morning this claim has been settled,” Richard Meeran of British law firm Leigh Day told reporters in Johannesburg at a joint press conference.
This was the first time such a case had been settled in South Africa.
The case was brought by 23 miners, 18 of whom had worked at AASA's President Steyn mine in the Free State, who claimed they had contracted silicosis and silico-tuberculosis while working for the mining company up to 1998.
Five of the 23 were employed on other Anglo American mines in the Free State.