Only 5 companies are listed. Does this mean that only these 5 will be targeted? I don’t thinks so.
There are many companies worldwide that has to look at this with some worry, and here I can think of the European and Japanese companies that made a lot of money during the sanction years.
The whole world is to be punished for the sins of the whites……
CEDRIC MBOYISA and SAPA
JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) wants multi-national corporations who benefited from the apartheid regime to pay the price for their complicity.
“Our decision rests on the belief that the apartheid system was based on the white South African minority striving to secure a cheap and pliant workforce to reap the benefits of the country’s vast natural resources, in particular its mineral wealth,” said Cosatu spokesman Patrick Craven yesterday.
He added: “Our members were thus among the worst affected, and our organisations were at the forefront of the anti-apartheid movement.”
Cosatu will act as amicus curiae (friend of the court) in the class action lawsuit against the implicated multi-national corporations.
A US attorney assisting the South African legal team, Paul Hoffman, said the case would go before the Second Circuit Court in New York on January 11 next year.
The case was too broad, and consequently difficult to litigate, when it was first brought before the court in 2002, said his South African colleague Dumisa Ntsebeza SC. Since then, it had been scaled down.
There were now 30 000 plaintiffs and five defendants: General Motors, Ford, Daimler, IBM and Rheine Metal.
Craven said injured victims should be able to pursue redress for the complicity of the multi-nationals in the specific crimes listed in the amended complaints.