Union wants to help with Aurora probe

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Johannesburg - Trade union Solidarity said on Friday it would assist the South African Police Service (Saps) in a criminal and penal investigation in the wake of last week’s Aurora judgment.

In terms of the judgment fraud charges can be brought against all directors of Aurora Empowerment Systems, except President Jacob Zuma's nephew Khulubuse Zuma.

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The High Court in Pretoria found all the directors were reckless in managing the Pamodzi Gold mines Aurora took over.

It ruled that Zuma, Zondwa Mandela, Solly and Fazel Bhana as well as Thulani Ngubani are jointly and severally liable for damages amounting to hundreds of millions of rands, and that the directors and their business associates must pay for all losses to the Pamodzi estate in their personal capacity.

Aurora's liquidators went to court to hold the company's directors responsible after they allegedly stripped the assets of the liquidated Pamodzi Gold's mines in Springs, Gauteng, and Orkney, North West This led to more than 5 000 workers losing their jobs as well as retirement benefits.

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Earlier this week, Saps announced that a criminal investigation would be launched and requested interested parties to provide information which could assist their probe.

In Solidarity's view the Aurora judgment has paved the way for criminal prosecution of the directors.

Solidarity general secretary Gideon du Plessis said in a statement that this would be a further step towards getting justice for former Pamodzi employees.

“It is only just that the guilty parties are brought to book for their crimes. We will, as far as possible, provide information and evidence to the police to facilitate the process,” said Du Plessis.

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