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Gold Fields to fire striking workers

Company spokesperson Willie Jacobz said between 6,000 to 7,000 workers clocked in on Thursday.

Striking mineworkers carrying knobkerries, sharpened sticks and iron rods gather at Gold Fields' KDC West mine on Gauteng's West Rand, on 13 September 2012. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Officials form Gold Fields' Beatrix Mine in the Free State on Thursday said they will now start firing striking miners who did not reported for work.

Earlier this week, workers were issued an ultimatum to return to their posts by 2pm on Thursday or they could face dismissal.

According to the mine, it noted an increase in the number of employees clocking in.

But Gold Fields said it will make no exception for those who continue with the illegal strike.

Some 11,000 miners at Gold Fields' Carletonville operation downed tools on Monday.

Company spokesperson Willie Jacobz said between 6,000 to 7,000 workers clocked in on Thursday.

"From now until tomorrow morning, we need to verify that they have stopped working and then we will proceed with dismissal procedures for those who did not clock in."