Litany of claims against corporate giants

22 September 2011 - 03:18 By Sipho Masondo
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  • In 2003, lawyer Richard Meeran secured R100-million for 7500 former Cape PLC miners. PLC mined asbestos in South Africa for close to a century before disinvesting when apartheid made it impossible for its operations to continue;

    • In 1994, Meeran successfully sued Thor Chemicals on behalf of 42 employees who had been poisoned by mercury at the company's Cato Ridge, KwaZulu-Natal plant. About R1.5-million was paid to about 20 workers. Meeran would not reveal details of the other settlements, saying they were confidential;
    • In a case before the Johannesburg High Court, Meeran is demanding compensation on behalf of 18 workers who allegedly contracted silicosis, a lung disease, while working at Anglo American's President Steyn Mine in the Free State; and
    • In March, the Constitutional Court ruled that former mineworkers could claim for occupation-related diseases. The case was brought by human rights lawyer Richard Spoor on behalf of Thembekile Mankayi against AngloGold Ashanti.
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