Silicosis class action in the interest of justice - court

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Former Harmony Gold mine worker Matela Hlabathi, 67, holds up his fist outside the Johannesburg High Court following a judgment which enabled a class action suit against 32 gold mining companies (Mpho Raborife, News24)
Former Harmony Gold mine worker Matela Hlabathi, 67, holds up his fist outside the Johannesburg High Court following a judgment which enabled a class action suit against 32 gold mining companies (Mpho Raborife, News24)

This article has been updated to clarify that no finding was made that companies violated the constitution. 

Johannesburg - Mineworkers suffering from silicosis have made a prima facie case that mining companies had violated their constitutional rights, a South Gauteng High Court judge said on Friday in a monumental ruling over silicosis affecting mineworkers.

"We have to assume, for present purposes, that the mining companies violated their constitutional, statutory and common law rights as at this stage the mineworkers have made out a prima facie case in this regard," Deputy Judge President Phineas Mojapelo said in the judgment.

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