Working for access to quality public healthcare in South Africa since 1998

Silicosis

TAC and Sonke Gender Justice, with legal support from SECTION27, were admitted as friends of the court in the landmark silicosis class action lawsuit. In May 2016, the South Gauteng High Court ruled that the case could proceed as a class action. The case could help to finally bring justice to hundreds of thousands of men who contracted silicosis and/or tuberculosis while working in South Africa’s gold mines. For decades, mining companies knowingly allowed their workers to be exposed to unsafe levels of silica dust. Meet 56 of the miners and their families at the forefront of the fight for justice in the Price of Gold exhibition, by photographer Thom Pierce.