Ten injured at Harmony mine

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Ten mine workers were injured on Thursday in a clash with security guards and police at Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu mine in Carletonville, the company said.

“The final reports from the medical station is 10 in total were injured, and two of those were due to inhalation of tear gas,” said spokeswoman Henrika Basterfield.

She said the other eight were injured after being hit by rubber bullets fired by private mine security and police.

“Some of the 10 have already been cleared after receiving medical attention,” she said.

“After what happened on Thursday, on-going meetings are being held between worker representatives and mine management.”

Basterfield said the situation at the mine was quiet, having said earlier on Thursday that there had been violent behaviour and damage to the mine structure in the morning.

Five hundred and seventy eight employees, including contractors, were suspended on Thursday for taking part in an unprotected strike last week.

The mine would close a day earlier for the festive season.

Harmony's chief operating officer Tom Smith said violence would not be tolerated at the mine.

“To ensure the safety of our employees it has become imperative to close the shaft until the labour issues have been resolved.”

Late last month two workers were killed and a third injured during violence believed to be the result of rivalry between the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and the National Union of Mineworkers.

Management, the recognised unions, and Amcu, had been in talks about ending conflict at the mine since workers ended an unprotected strike on October 25. - Sapa


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