Kumba fires 120 miners

Kumba Iron Ore says it decided to fire the miners after they failed to pitch for a disciplinary hearing.

Kumba Iron Ore has sacked 120 miners who were involved in an illegal strike.

NORTHERN CAPE - Kumba Iron Ore on Monday decided to fire some employees who embarked on an illegal strike at its Sishen Mine in the Northern Cape.

The company said 120 people who blocked access to the pit were sacked.

Initially, some 300 workers had camped out on a mine dump refusing to leave, but protest numbers have dwindled over the last few days.

Disgruntled employees are demanding R15,000 a month, over and above what they are already earning.

Kumba spokesperson Yvonne Mfolo said, "The 120 people were involved in the illegal strike and did not pitch for their disciplinary hearing."

The striking miners threatened to destroy heavy duty mining equipment if their demands were not met.

Earlier, Kumba obtained a Labour Court order against its employees.

The company also instituted disciplinary hearings, but only a handful of workers attended Monday's proceedings.