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parliamentHuffPost reports that Parliament’s portfolio committee on mineral resources has called for the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) to play a role in the class action lawsuit by 30,000 former mine workers against 82 gold mines.  

Chairman Sahlulele Luzipo indicated last week:  "It is concerning that political guidance is missing, and this case has been dragging on for four years now.  The reality is that people will eventually complain to parliament when things go wrong."  He was speaking after a briefing by lawyers representing former mine workers suffering from the fatal lung disease silicosis and from TB.  Although the case started in 2012, the high court only granted authorisation to proceed last year (2016).  The matter has since been taken on appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal.  Certain mining firms on Wednesday made a R5-billion provision to settle the class action lawsuit.  Lawyers acting for the mineworkers said that settlement talks with implicated gold companies over an out-of-court deal could bear fruit by December.


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