Fifty seven miners have staged an underground sit-in at Thusi Mining in Ermelo, Mpumalanga.
The miners are demanding their salaries. It is understood the mine decided to discontinue operations without informing them.
The miners have been underground for seven days now. They have not been paid for three months.
The protestors want the mining company to pay their salaries.
One miner says, It is sad because I have kids and family to feed. I have no money for rent.
The sad thing is that no one is paying attention when we want money that we worked for. I wish the employer could just pay us. We come from faraway places, says another miner.
The highest paid employee earns R6,500 a month and the lowest R4,500 per month.
Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) Regional Chairperson Don Sibanyoni says the employer has not paid attention to them.
They have not yet paid us since May. We are sitting underground to get attention from the government and employer. We were never informed that the mine is going under. We want our money. We need DMR to come to our rescue.
These miners threaten to remain underground until their demands are met.
Attempts to get a comment from the management of the mine failed.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK