Kumba Iron miners face disciplinary action

Kumba Iron Ore's Sishen mineworkers face a disciplinary hearing with employers.

Disgruntled mineworkers from Kumba Iron Ore's Sishen mine in the Northern Cape stage a protest. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN

SISHENG TOWNSHIP - Tensions are still running high at Kumba Iron Ore's Sishen mine in the Northern Cape on Monday.

Disgruntled employees voiced their support for an illegal strike, despite the company warning that it will take action against them.

The trouble started earlier this month when some 300 mineworkers staged a sit in and blocked access to the pit.

Northern Cape police said there haven't been any incidents of violence, but they will continue monitoring the situation as it unfolds.

Employees inside the mine have threatened to destroy R3.3 billion worth of heavy duty mining equipment, using this as leverage against their employer.

Some mineworkers at the nearby Sisheng township said they want to be paid R15,000 over and above their monthly salary.

"If they don't put R15,000 into our salaries, they must forget."

The company has given workers until Monday to explain at a disciplinary hearing why they should not be dismissed.