Zambia: Class Action Suit Lodged Against Anglo American Over Alleged Toxic Lead Legacy in Zambia

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Mbuyisa Moleele Attorneys and UK-based law firm Leigh Day have filed a class action suit against Anglo American on behalf of a class of over 100,000 people in the Kabwe District of Zambia who are believed to have been poisoned by lead. The suit alleges that much of this toxic legacy stems from the five decades between 1924 and 1975 when the Kabwe lead mine was at least a partially owned Anglo asset.

The class action suit was filed in the Gauteng Division of the High Court of South Africa against Anglo American South Africa Limited. It is the latest in a spate of suits in recent years that aim to hold the mining industry accountable for "legacy issues" and misdeeds from the past and comes at a time of heightened shareholder awareness around ESGs - environmental, social and governance issues.

"The claimants - principally young children - are suffering from alarming levels of lead poisoning which, depending on various factors including the blood lead level (BLL), causes a range of significant conditions, from psychological, intellectual and behavioural damage to serious and permanent physical damage to their bodily organs, neurological systems and fertility," Mbuyisa Moleele Attorneys and Leigh Day said...

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