All quiet at Gold One mine

2012-09-04 10:50

Johannesburg - The situation at Gold One's Modder East mine near Springs was calm on Tuesday morning, Gauteng police said.

"We haven't received any reports this morning. To the best of our knowledge the situation is calm," said Captain Pinky Tsinyane.

On Monday, four former workers were hospitalised after being shot by security staff using rubber bullets.

Gold One chief executive Neal Froneman said on Monday the four former workers were all discharged in the afternoon.

"We initially heard that one of them had been more seriously injured, but all four have now been discharged from hospital."

The rubber bullets were fired when protesters blocked entrances to the mine.

"Our security staff were forced to take action," Froneman said.

The four men were part of a group of about 60 former employees of Gold One and Pamodzi Gold East Rand who blockaded the main entrance to the mine early on Monday morning.

Froneman said the mine was granted an interdict against protests of this nature in June, and it was still valid. The interdict allowed the police to intervene.

The police tried to persuade the protesters to leave, but used rubber bullets and teargas when they refused to disperse. Access to the mine was re-established in the early afternoon.

Froneman said the mine would not hesitate to lay charges and use all legal avenues to take a "hard stance against such illegal activities".

He said recent disquiet in the mining industry had "strong political undertones", but was not limited to Gold One's operations.