Sibanye miners could face disciplinary action after sit-in strike

Miners say the company refuses to acknowledge that a miner died on duty & not from natural causes.

FILE: Miners say the company refuses to acknowledge that a miner died on duty & not from natural causes. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Mining union Association for Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has accused Sibanye Gold of having no regard for its workers after the company confirmed it would take disciplinary action against miners who staged an illegal protest.

More than 1,000 miners staged a sit-in at the company's Driefontein Mine in Carletonville earlier this week, claiming the company is refusing to acknowledge that one of their colleagues died in the line of duty and not of natural causes.

But Sibanye says a forensic pathologist is still compiling a report into the man's death.

The company says it will take action against the Amcu-affiliated workers because their illegal protest cost them two days of production.

Amcu's Jeff Mphahlele says management at Sibanye should also be subject to disciplinary processes because they triggered the workers reaction.

Mphahlele says, "We have to create a balance between the two. It cannot always be the employees who are on the wrong side. The employees were working and the mine management is the one that fed them with such wrong information and they got angry. So now the punishment must only be meted to the employees."