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Judge deems class action suit best way for miners' justice in silicosis case

The High Court has ruled in favour of mine workers who wish to pursue a class action suit seeking damages from the gold mining sector after contracting deadly lung disease silicosis underground.

EWN's Mia Lindeque explains that the judge ruled that a class action suit was the best manner for such a large group of miners to seek justice.

He ruled that it would be in the best way for workers, if they can form part of the class action.

Mia Lindeque, EWN reporter

Lindeque says that the judge recognised that most miners cannot afford to take legal action in their individual capacity.

He said that its too expensive for each and every worker to put in a claim individually. Secondly, they don't have the financial backing to open their own case and travel far to launch their court action.

Mia Lindeque, EWN reporter

The case will also represent those who contracted tuberculosis in the mines and an estimated 200 000 workers stand to benefit from the ruling.

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