A US law firm has filed a class action lawsuit against South African miner Sibanye-Stillwater.
It is acting on behalf of shareholders seeking to recover losses suffered by a sharp fall in the gold producer’s share price.
Shares in Sibanye Stillwater plunged after a spate of deaths at its mines.
There have been 21 fatalities at the company’s mines this year – that is almost half the number of miners killed in South Africa.
The death toll in country’s mining industry in 2017 was 88.
Bernstein Liebhard said in a statement their suit would deal with what they call misleading statements made by the precious metals producer.
Accidents that have cast a shadow over the company’s operations include 950 miners trapped underground for 33 hours because of a power outage at the Beatrix mine in the Free State in January
The National Union of Mineworkers says company should have had contingency plans to deal with power cuts and urged workers to refuse to work in dangerous conditions.
A few days later, two mineworkers died in a rockfall at Sibanye’s Kloof mine on the West Rand.
Less than a week later another miner died at the company’s Driefontein mine west of Johannesburg
Another worker died at the Khuseleka mine in Rustenburg.
Last month Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe describes as a disaster the death seven workers in a seismic event in Driefontiein.