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Tuberculosis

08 March 2011

Court ruling spells trouble for mines

A Constitutional Court ruling in favour of the late Thembekile Mankayi has enabled mine workers to sue for health damages under common law.

A Constitutional Court ruling in favour of the late Thembekile Mankayi - a miner who sustained a lung disease while working at AngloGold Ashanti between 1979 and 1995 – has enabled mine workers to sue for health damages under common law, opening the door to a litany of legal claims against the mining industry.

Mankayi died on February 25 at the age of 53 of respiratory problems according to the Daily Dispach, a mere week before the Constitutional Court ruling.The judgment, however, allows Mankayi’s family to return to court and institute his initial R2.6million claim against AngloGold Ashanti.

 

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