Johannesburg - The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Section27 and Sonke Gender Justice hope to be allowed to fight for miners suffering from silicosis.
On Monday and Tuesday, the high court sitting in Joburg will hear arguments in the application by the three groups to be admitted as amici curiae (friends of the court) in the gold mining silicosis lawsuit.
The case was brought by former miner Bongani Nkala and another 55 against Harmony Gold Mining Company.
TAC secretary-general Anele Yawa said on Thursday that they would not let mining companies “get away with murder”.
“The exploitation of mostly poor black workers mirrors the apartheid and colonialist exploitation of workers,” he said, adding that mining companies failed to fulfil their obligation to treat and prevent lung disease and exposed miners to silicosis and tuberculosis.