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Harmony workers demand reinstatement

500 Kusasalethu workers will wait as long as it takes for management to reinstate them.

Harmony Gold workers that were suspended are demanding to be taken back. Picture: EWN.

CARLETONVILLE - Workers at Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu mine in Carletonville on Thursday said they will wait as long as it takes for management to reinstate them.

Miners claim private security guards opened fire on them with rubber bullets and teargas.

At least five workers were injured.

The clashes broke out after more than 500 employees were suspended for taking part in an unprotected strike last week.

Joseph Bokgale, who witnessed the clashes, described the events that unfolded.

"[The security guards] just started shooting, but the workers were just singing."

He said the majority of fired miners had rejected the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) because of its inefficiency.

"People here think unions are a nuisance."

The mineworkers slammed Harmony Gold management for not implementing a Chamber of Mines wage agreement, which stipulated that they should get a 1.5 percent wage increase.