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Corporate activist Theo Botha grilled Anglo American Platinum’s top executives for almost half-an-hour at the group’s annual general meeting on Friday about the sharp increase in the number of mine workers killed in 2016 from 2015 and its failure to disclose the amount paid to the bereaved families. Botha’s call for leadership accountability reflected the livelier events on the same theme taking place in the streets below, where marches were being held to call for the resignation of President Jacob Zuma. At the start of the meeting, Anglo Platinum chairman Valli Moosa requested a moment’s silence for the seven mine workers who died. Botha pointed out that Moosa, who had been alerted to his questions, had made no mention of these deaths in the chairman’s report in the annual statements, although they were up sharply from the two killed in 2015. Moosa said it was an omission and he had not intended to create the impression that the matter was being taken lightly. Botha asked what was ...

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