Listeriosis outbreak: class action suit against Tiger Brands in the works

An application for a certification for a class action lawsuit, to be brought against Tiger Brands and Enterprise Foods has been filed in the Johannesburg High Court.

This relates to the listeriosis outbreak which claimed the lives of at least 183 South Africans.

Speaking to Ray White on The Midday Report, human rights attorney Richard Spoor explains that what is being asked, is permission from the High Court to proceed on a class basis.

That really means, to bring one case, on behalf of all of the victims of this epidemic and try all the common issues once.

Richard Spoor, Human Rights Attorney

This allows us to represent everybody who was injured in a single matter and we believe makes justice so much easier. There is the benefit of the economy as a scale and efficiencies that can be achieved through this mechanism.

Richard Spoor, Human Rights Attorney

He said there have been approximately a 1000 people confirmed by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases to have contracted listeria as a result of this particular epidemic.

Listen further to hear about the class action lawsuit:


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