Miners stage dangerous protest

Around 100 miners are staging a dangerous underground sit-in at the Two Rivers Mine near Lydenberg,...

Mine. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

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They refused to surface after their night shift ended at 6am.

The workers, who are risking high temperatures as well as rock falls and gas leaks, spent the night toyi-toying in the shaft.

They are demanding a manager be fired after he axed several of their colleagues.

The National Union of Mineworkers’ Lesiba Seshoka said officials were trying to coax the demonstrators back up.

“We have sent a team of our leadership to talk to the workers to try and plead with them to protest outside and not in the mine because it is dangerous,” says Seshoka.

Managers at the mine say the strike is illegal and are in discussions with NUM.