‘It’s murder’: families shattered as manganese ‘poisoning’ charges dumped
NPA provincial head says there are 'no reasonable prospects of a successful prosecution'
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will not bring criminal charges against a mining company owned by Patrice Motsepe's JSE-listed African Rainbow Minerals despite allegations of manganese poisoning dating back to 2006.
Assmang’s operation in Cato Ridge, west of Durban, was cast into the spotlight when 10 workers became permanently disabled after alleged exposure to high levels of toxic manganese dust in 2006.
In a letter to employees and their families recently, NPA provincial head Elaine Zungu said “there were no reasonable prospects of a successful prosecution”. ..