Police use tear gas on KZN miners
Police spokesperson Jay Naicker said 200 people tried to block a main road when officers intervened.
JOHANNESBURG - KwaZulu-Natal police on Thursday used tear gas to disperse striking miners at the Forbes & Manhattan Coal processing plant in Dundee after a wage protest turned violent.
Police spokesperson Jay Naicker said about 200 people tried to block a main road when authorities intervened.
"The miners became violent and eventually police had to use tear gas to disperse the crowds."
Naicker said nobody was arrested.
The violence comes less than a day after two men were shot and killed at another Forbes operation at the Magdalena mine near Dannhauser.
The victims were allegedly killed by the mine's private security.
A case of murder was opened against the guards.
The National Union of Mineworkers (Num)'s regional chairperson Sifiso Myeni said, "Security killed [the miners]. There is no clear indication what the purpose of killing is. We asked them what they were doing, but no one is responding to us."
The workers are demanding wage increases of between R1,500 and R2,000 a month.