Dying for gold: South Africa's biggest ever class action lawsuit gets go ahead

By David McKenzie and Ingrid Formanek, CNN

Updated 1436 GMT (2236 HKT) May 13, 2016

Welkom, South Africa (CNN)The most striking thing about Joseph Mothibedi is his voice -- it is raspy, a metallic whisper.

It's the sound of a man slowly dying.

His thin fingers trembling, Mothibedi leans over his simple hot plate and puts a tea kettle on the boil.

The 58-year-old former gold miner looks reduced in his old blue work shirt. It hangs off his bony shoulders as he spreads margarine on a slice of white bread for afternoon tea. He slowly sips it in his barren brick house near an old mine-dump.

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