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The High Court in Johannesburg ahead of the silicosis class action judgment. (Mpho Raborife, News24)
The High Court in Johannesburg ahead of the silicosis class action judgment. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

Johannesburg – In a landmark judgment, the South Gauteng High Court ruled in favour of mineworkers’ to launch a silicosis class action suit against mining companies.

“We have reached the consensus that there are sufficient common issues to justify the class action. There will be two classes (for silicosis and for TB)," Deputy Judge President Phineas Mojapelo told the court on Friday morning.

“All the mining companies are accused of failing to protect the health of the employees when they were legally bound to do so and as a result causing (the mine workers) to contract TB and silicosis," Mojapelo said.

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