Special Report: From gold dust, a billion dollar claim

Special Report: From gold dust, a billion dollar claim

They came on horseback or by foot, trudging through Lesotho’s highlands and clutching tattered identity documents to back their claims that South Africa’s gold mining firms ruined their lungs.

On one day in January alone, around 40 former gold miners and widows crowded into a municipal office in Semongkong, 120 km (80 miles) east of Lesotho’s capital. They were there to add their thumbprints to the names of nearly 7,000 others who are threatening the biggest class action suit Africa has ever seen.

By Ed Cropley

SEMONGKONG, Lesotho Tue Mar 20, 2012 Read More

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