IBM is one of the US-based companies that could be sued for aiding the apartheid regime, although Fujitsu is off the hook.
A US district judge yesterday ruled that the lawsuits looking for monetary compensation can continue against five companies: General Motors, Ford Motor, Daimler, Rheinmetall and IBM.
However, claims agains UBS, Barclays Bank and Fujitsu were dismissed, as these companies were accused just of doing business with the apartheid government.
The companies against whom claims were allowed to proceed stand accused of helping to support the government.
Initially, complainants laid lawsuits against more than 50 companies, but this list has now been whittled down to the last five.