Khulubuse Zuma, Zondwa Mandela due in court

2011-08-02 11:42

The politically connected directors of Aurora Empowerment Systems, including President Jacob Zuma’s nephew Khulubuse, are due to testify in the Pretoria High Court today, trade union Solidarity said.

Khulubuse Zuma, Nelson Mandela’s grandson Zondwa Mandela; Zuma’s attorney Michael Hulley; and Aurora’s commercial director Thulani Ngubani have to testify about their management of the former Pamodzi Mine assets.

This was according to Solidarity deputy general secretary Gideon du Plessis, who said in a statement their testimony was required in terms of sections 417 and 418 of the Companies Act.

“It is high time that Aurora answered for the destruction of the Grootvlei and Orkney mine assets,” said Du Plessis.

Testimony would cover Aurora’s actions when it was in charge of Pamodzi Gold’s mines in Grootvlei, Springs, in Gauteng, and Orkney in the North West.

Du Plessis said previously Aurora was not only responsible for the destruction of infrastructure at the mines, but also for the loss of more than 5 300 jobs.

Aurora, which was singled out as the preferred bidder for Pamodzi’s mines when they went into liquidation in 2009, has since had its management contract cancelled and vacated the premises.

The trial was closed to the media.

Meanwhile, Solidarity’s liquidation application against Aurora was expected to be heard in August.

It was postponed last month due to the company’s failure to submit opposing papers more than two weeks after its deadline.

Solidarity served the liquidation application of R3.1 million on Kaunda Global Mining Resources, trading as Aurora Gold East Rand, on May 20.

The application was on behalf of 42 claimants.

Solidarity said that, should the application succeed, it would launch an insolvency examination to ensure that Aurora’s directors accounted for the destruction of the assets.

In the meantime, the liquidators were trying to find a new buyer for the Pamodzi assets.

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