Court Orders Zuma, Mandela To Pay Aurora Workers


While President Zuma still battles with the numerous calls for his resignation, his nephew Khulubuse Zuma has alongside the former President Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Zondwa Mandela, received a dead end to their post as directors of the now defunct Aurora mining company as the Supreme Court of Appeal has ruled against them.

The trade union solidarity who through their statement of victory on Thursday, revealed this, said court’s order against Khulubuse Zuma and Zondwa Mandela “brings an end to Aurora directors’ evasion of the justice system and they will now have to cough up”.

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Khulubuse Zuma and Zondwa Mandela were among the directors of Aurora Empowerment Systems. Towards the end of last year, the two, together with Thulani Ngubani, Solly Bhana and Fazel Bhana, were found liable in their personal capacity for Aurora’s looting of the Pamodzi mining assets worth R1.7 billion by the North Gauteng High Court.

In its statement, the trade union Solidarity revealed that the directors’ application for leave to appeal has now been dismissed by the Supreme Court of Appeal thereby putting to an end to the five years miseries of the justice system.

Speaking further on this, the union’s secretary -general Gideon du Plessis  said the court ruling also meant that Aurora directors (including Khulubuse and Zondwa) have to cough up for damages and pay the outstanding salaries of the 5 300 workers without delay.

“Should they fail to do so, they would be sequestrated. More criminal investigations into corruption and gross mismanagement and possible prosecution will follow straightaway,” Du Plessis says.

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Report has it that Zuma and Mandela had through Aurora, gained control of the Pamodzi Gold Ltd. mines around Johannesburg in 2009 when its previous owner was placed under provisional liquidation.

When Aurora Aurora was liquidated in October 2011, it failed to raise the required funds to get the mines up and running, they fell into disrepair and were ravaged by illegal miners. More than 5 000 employees lost their jobs and were left without pay.

Aurora was named the preferred bidder to manage the Pamodzi mines in Gauteng and the North West when the company was liquidated in 2009.