Sibanye Gold, one of South Africa’s mining majors said it has sacked 1,500 mine workers.
The dismissal of workers was a fallout of the Cooke mine wildcat strike activated by mine workers who claimed they were wrongly accused of colluding with illegal miners in the shaft.
The National Union of Mine workers said at least close to 2,000 workers were fired where 1,100″ were its members.
Illegal mining is a major menace in South Africa’s ZAR2 trillion mining industry. Mining companies often carry out legal actions and forceful evictions to clear their shaft of illegal miners who steal bullions worth millions of Rands.