Court approves R5bn settlement in lengthy silicosis case
Justice has finally been served for thousands of workers who contracted silicosis while employed in mines owned by companies including AngloGold Ashanti and Anglo American.
Following a 7-year-long legal battle, the High Court on Friday ruled in favour of the miners and dependents of deceased mineworkers who were diagnosed with lung diseases during or after their employment from 1965.
Judge Leoni Windell found that all parties made an effort to ensure that the R5-billion settlement was 'reasonable, adequate and fair'.
It's reported each claimant will receive between R70 000 and R500 000.
Clement Manyathela on the Xolani Gwala Show spoke to attorney Richard Spoor who filed the initial proposal for the class action back in 2012.
We are more relieved than elated, it has been a really long time. So I am hugely relieved about two things, one is that the agreement is finally going to be implemented. But two, also that the court certified that the agreement was the best that we could reach.Richard Spoor, Attorney - Richard Spoor Inc.
He says even though they feel that they have done the best that they could, like all settlements, this was a compromise.
It is not perfect and there is no question that some people will be disappointed. And there is no question that we will be subject to criticism.Richard Spoor, Attorney - Richard Spoor Inc.
Listen below to the full interview:
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