A poisonous legacy of South Africa's years as a global blue asbestos hub, the Grim Reaper has snaked through here for decades, wiping out families and striking down neighbours with deadly precision, Times Live reports.
According to the Times Live
former teacher Chris Julius, 58 never worked at the town's mill or in the nearby hills where mining started in the late 1800s along rich deposits known as the country's "asbestos mountains" that run along the vast Northern Cape. However, he was diagnosed with asbestos cancer three months after his mother-in-law passed away next door.
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