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Copper cable stolen from Witbank mine

2012-09-12 19:03

Johannesburg - Mpumalanga police are investigating how a group of men got into Xstrata's coal mine in Witbank and stole copper cables.

Miners were underground when they saw the alleged thieves, the police and the mine said in a statement on Wednesday.

"The group [of miners] was chased by the alleged perpetrators and trapped inside an underground refuge chamber."

The workers were evacuated from the mine around 23:00 on Tuesday. Police and Xstrata coal management were investigating.

They value of the cable stolen had not been determined yet. Operations were not affected because the area where the cables were stolen from had been decommissioned.