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auroraKhulubuse Zuma on Thursday bemoaned statements by labour federation Cosatu and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) blaming him for the plight of Pamodzi Gold's former mineworkers.  

"The attack on Zuma by the Cosatu and NUM leadership is rendered even more bizarre by the fact that Zuma is not aware of any claim that has been lodged against Aurora on behalf of NUM members, whether in relation to unpaid salaries or any other entitlement," his spokesperson Vuyo Mkhize said.  He added:  "He [Zuma] has instructed his lawyers to explore all available legal avenues to ensure that his constitutional rights are protected."  Earlier this week, an urgent application by Zuma to have claims of over R1.5bn against Aurora Empowerment Systems, of which he is a director, set aside was dismissed by the North Gauteng High Court.  Aurora's liquidators want to go to court to hold the company's directors responsible after they allegedly stripped the assets of the liquidated Pamodzi Gold's mines in Springs and Orkney and left the employees without pay and surviving on handouts.  The case is due to be heard on 23 March.  

Mkhize on Thursday said Zuma believed he would not get a fair trial.  He also denied that Zuma had ever been involved in any fraud, theft or asset-stripping and was not aware of any such acts by his Aurora co-principals.

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