Gold miner Gold One (GDO) says approximately 500 former Modder East employees protested violently outside the operation on Tuesday following their dismissal on 11 June for having participated in illegal strike action last week.
They had to be dispersed by members of the South African Police Service (SAPS), the company said on Wednesday, after they blocked the mine's entrance with burning debris and refused to cooperate with the SAPS officers present.
The company will apply to the South Gauteng High Court on an urgent basis to interdict the violence perpetrated by the dismissed employees.
The company said on Tuesday that in total approximately 1,035 employees had been dismissed for their participation in the illegal action.
Management considered the representations made against dismissal on 6 June and concluded that, in almost all cases, there were insufficient mitigating factors against the sanction of dismissal.
The strike action, which Gold One was informed of by the Professional Transport Allied Workers Union (PTAWU) on 31 May, was interdicted by the Labour Court on 4 June. The National Union of Mineworkers is the recognised union at Modder East. - I-Net Bridge