Three former Aurora directors, including a nephew of Jacob Zuma and a grandson of Nelson Mandela, have appeared in court to face charges under the National Water Act.
Khulubuse Zuma, Zondwa Mandela and Thulani Ngubane are accused of looting the Grootvlei gold mine and releasing untreated water into a natural stream into the Blesbokspruit, which drains into the Vaal River.
The trio appeared briefly at the Springs Regional Magistrates Court to face prosecution for environmental damage.
Mining and labour analyst Mamokgethi Molopyane says given the high-profile names involved, it will be difficult to separate the politics from this case.
Obviously within the politics of South Africa, within the politics of the ANC, there is a perception that those who are politically connected seem not to be held accountable for their actions or wrongdoing.— Mamokgethi Molopyane, Mining and labour analyst - Creative Voodoo Consulting
Therefore, this case can be used as an example of people being held accountable despite who they are.— Mamokgethi Molopyane, Mining and labour analyst - Creative Voodoo Consulting
The case has been postponed to July 15 to allow the prosecution to trace the fourth defendant, Raja Shah.
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