Media reports that Sasol Limited selling its South African coal mining business has raised concerns among mineworkers and their lawyers who are litigating against the company.
Twenty-two miners who claim to have contracted lung disease as a result of exposure to coal dust while working in the mines are suing the company for R80 million.
Sasol has since denied that it would be selling its South African coal mining company.
Bongani Bingwa chats to Richard Spoor Attorneys' Alexander Spoor to give more insight on the matter.
We have prepared what we call a dust report which demonstrates very convincingly that Sasol had breached the statutory dust levels for decades. We are also finalising expect reports to show systemic negligence across the industry.— Alexander Spoor, Attorney -Richard Spoor Attorneys
Spoor says he believes that failures by coal mines will be demonstrated across the mining industry.
If Sasol did go and sell the mine, we can also litigate against the parent company and it will be very difficult for Sasol to escape this liability.— Alexander Spoor, Attorney -Richard Spoor Attorneys
Listen below to the full conversation: