Police in South Africa arrested more than 40 striking mine workers at Kumba Iron Ore Ltd. (KIO)’s Sishen operation today.
Security officers joined police in a raid at a mine dump that started at 3 a.m. and is still taking place, Hendrik Swart, a police spokesman in the Northern Cape, said by phone from near Kathu. Police recovered mining equipment worth 3.3 billion rand ($376 million) that had been seized by the miners, he said.
“We will determine exactly how many people were arrested once the operation is completed,” Swart said. Kumba Iron Ore, a subsidiary of Anglo American Plc (AGL), couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
About 300 workers at Pretoria-based Kumba’s Sishen mine downed tools on Oct. 3 to demand monthly salary increases of 15,000 rand. The company, which is losing 120,000 metric tons of production a day, brought criminal charges against the workers, including extortion.
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