Intimidation at Limpopo mine reported

By Drum Digital
15 October 2012

Striking workers at Bokoni platinum mine outside Burgersfort, in Limpopo, intimidated fellow employees heading to work on Monday, mine executive Joel Kesler said.

"There were no injuries, but there was damage to property."

He said roads near the mine were blockaded, and he estimated that around 600 employees reported for work on Monday.

More than a week ago, more that 2000 striking Bokoni workers were fired for participating in the illegal strike. Formal dismissal notices were issued after a disciplinary hearing.

The majority of the mine's 3500 permanent staff and 900 contractors downed tools nearly two weeks ago.

The protesters wanted a wage increase of more than R16,000, according to the SABC.

Police spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said he would comment shortly.

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