Rustenburg - Fuming women, some with babies on their backs, blocked the gates at a mine near Rustenburg on Tuesday, over concerns about their spouses who staged an underground sit-in since 19 June over recognition of their union, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa).
Wives of the many men stuck underground at Lanxess Chrome mine operations in Bleskop prevented vehicles from entering the mine on Tuesday.
Bulelwa Bangindawo, 32, said she was worried that her spouse and many others have not come to surface or eaten, since they stage a sit-in underground on June 19.
About 280 Numsa members staged a sit-in underground demanding recognition of their union, the reinstatement of dismissed workers and the suspension of an official accused of sexual harassment.
"I am not sleeping at night wondering if he is well. To this moment I still cannot believe that he has been under ground for this long. I just want to see him face to face. Something must be done and they must get this food today," Bangindawo said.