Decades after being employed by the apartheid government’s secret atomic weapons programme, hundreds of workers are nowhere closer to getting compensation for debilitating illnesses that were probably caused by exposure to radiation or harmful chemicals. Mandy de Waal and Jon Pienaar investigate.
Sepepe fears for his life. He claims his health was irreparably damaged after working for the Uranium Enrichment Corporation of South Africa (Ucor) in the 1990s, where he says he was illegally exposed to nuclear radiation and toxic chemicals used in uranium enrichment. After fighting for decades to get compensation for himself and hundreds of others like him, Sepepe says he no longer sleeps at his Atteridgeville home.