Johannesburg - Civil society organisations say they will present a strong case in a bid to fight for mineworkers and their families left destitute as a result of contracting terminal diseases when a hearing starts on Monday.
The organisations – Sonke Gender Justice, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and Section27 – have since been admitted as friends of the court in the gold mining silicosis lawsuit. In addition to silicosis, some of the miners have contracted tuberculosis.
The case was originally brought by former miner Bongani Nkala and 55 against others against Harmony Gold Mining Company. The Nkala case would represent thousands of gold miners from as far back as 1956.
The high court in Joburg will on Monday hear the TAC, Sonke and Section27 arguments in the first three days of the hearing.
Thereafter, 32 mining companies will also present their arguments until October 23. The lawsuit was filed by Richard Spoor Attorneys, Abrahams Kiewitz Attorneys and the Legal Resources Centre against 32 gold mining companies.