Johannesburg - Six members of South Africa’s Bhana family, who were involved in the collapse of Aurora Empowerment Systems, have agreed to pay the company’s liquidators about R6 million ($380 000), according to labor group Solidarity.
Solly Bhana, his son Fazel as well as four family members will make the payment, the union said in a statement Monday. The settlement relates to a claim brought against the Bhana family and is separate from the main case brought against the Aurora operators.
The agreement doesn’t include Khulubuse Zumaand Zondwa Mandela, who were also found liable for the company’s failure. Khulubuse is a nephew of President Jacob Zuma and Zondwa is a grandson of Nelson Mandela.
Aurora, which was operated by Zuma, Mandela and the Bhanas, fraudulently misrepresented its ability to pay for the Pamodzi Gold mines near Johannesburg in 2009 when the previous owner was placed under provisional liquidation, Judge Eberhard Bertelsmann ruled in June. In the following two years, mine shafts were destroyed, equipment stolen and 5 000 jobs lost, he said.
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