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Reuters
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12 Jun 2017
9:30 am

Sibanye says 202 illegal miners now arrested at strike-hit Cooke mine

Reuters

The strike was triggered by worker resentment at a company drive to root out illegal miners.

Neal Froneman, CEO of Sibanye Gold speaks on "Giving Shareholders what they want!" on October 9, 2014 speaks at the Joburg Mining Indaba in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images / Business Day / Martin Rhodes)

Sibanye Gold said on Monday that 202 illegal miners have now been arrested at its Cooke operations since the start of a violent wildcat strike last Tuesday. A company source, who declined to be identified because he is not authorised to speak on the record, also said the strike was continuing.

The strike was triggered by worker resentment at a company drive to root out illegal miners, who pilfer gold from its shafts after gaining access by employee collusion.

The illegal miners arrested have been forced to come to the surface because of the strike, which has emptied the shafts of employees, thereby starving them of their sources of food and water underground – an inadvertent consequence of the stoppage.