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Striking Kumba Iron Ore Sishen Miners Arrested in Morning Raid

October 16, 2012

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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