auroraSowetan reports that destitute former workers of the ill-fated Aurora Empowerment Systems gold mines have submitted a list of complaints against liquidators of the company to the Master of the High Court in Pretoria.  

The more than 5,000 workers, among others, accused the liquidators of failure to honour their promise to pay them after Gold One purchased Pamodzi assets for R70-million and lack of accountability in the handling of funds.  Aurora was co-owned by President Jacob Zuma’s nephew Khulubuse Zuma and former president Nelson Mandela’s grandson Zondwa Mandela, amongst others.  The workers’ demands included that they be involved in all processes, be prioritised for payout in the list of creditors, that unemployed former workers be placed in other operational mines, sick workers be attended to and families of the deceased be paid in full.  John Walker, a lawyer representing the liquidators, said they had responded to the complaints in the memorandum as demanded by the chief master of the high court.


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