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Striking miners 'without food'

Striking Carletonville miners have reportedly been without food for over a day.

Striking miners from Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu Mine have reportedly been without food for two days.

JOHANNESBURG - Strike leaders at Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu Mine in Carletonville on Friday said they were deeply concerned about the health of 1,700 of their colleagues who are staging an underground sit-in.

The miners are protesting in solidarity with more than 500 of their colleagues, who were served with suspension notices on Wednesday.

Leaders claim the workers have been without food and water for over 24 hours now.

The miners were suspended after embarking on an unprotected strike over a week ago.

Strike leader Lennox Tshisa said, "How do you close a mine if there are still people underground? Those people are hungry and thirsty."

The mining industry has been in the spotlight in recent months following several strikes.

Miners have been demanding better salaries and improved living conditions.

In August, at least 45 people were killed during a violent strike at Lonmin's Marikana mine.

The miners were demanding a salary of R12,500.

The strike soon spread to several mines across the country.