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So. Africa: Church prepares litigation against mining company on behalf of former mine workers who contracted deadly lung diseases

‘Seriti warned to expect class action after acquiring coal company’ 23 September 2019

Seriti Resources, the mining group on the verge of becoming Eskom’s biggest coal supplier, has been warned that it could soon find itself in a class action lawsuit storm. Lawyer Richard Spoor has revealed that South African Energy Coal (SAEC), which Seriti was about to acquire, is one of four coal mining companies against which a class litigation is in the process. The litigation would aim to secure compensation for occupational diseases suffered by more than 1000 retired coal mineworkers.

Announcing the latest lawsuit, SA Catholic Bishops Conference director Father Stan Muyebe said the church was working with Richard Spoor Attorneys “to demand compensation from coal mines on behalf of former mine workers who contracted deadly lung diseases in the coal mines”. Spoor was also a leading lawyer in the class action against the gold mines. Speaking to The Star, Spoor said he hoped that Seriti was aware of the impending litigation as it negotiated with the Australian group South32 for transfer of its SAEC assets.