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Apartheid Victims and State Clash

On Tuesday Brigitte Mabandla, the justice minister, will square off against two sets of lawyers representing thousands of apartheid victims at an appeal hearing in New York over their 2002 compensation claims brought against foreign multinational companies and banks they accuse of aiding and abetting apartheid violence. The government is opposing the claims, saying the case interferes with South Africa's sovereignty and will impede foreign investment. [defendants include Barclays, BP, Credit Suisse, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Coca-Cola, DaimlerChrysler, Ford, Shell]

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