Unidentified men stormed the mine in Mpumalanga and attacked the security officers who were on duty as efforts continued to rescue the men who have been trapped for more than two weeks.
On Saturday, 23 February, about 15 men stormed into the Gupta-owned Gloria mine in Mpumalanga. They attacked the security officers who were on duty at the mine.
Efforts to rescue themen trapped underground continue while the bodies of 18 men were found so far.
It is believed 22 men are currently trapped in the mine, as reported on by TimesLIVE.
Brigadier Leonard Hlathi confirmed the attack.
A group of approximately 15 men stormed into the premises, attacking security officers who were on duty and in the process inflicted an injury on one of them by senselessly kicking him in the face, before damaging their reaction vehicle’s windscreen.
Police had to be called and on their arrival, the group scattered in different directions. At this stage it is not clear why these men were at the mine but cable theft cannot be ruled out.
Briefly.co.za gathered that some of the men trapped in the mine were allegedly there to strip the mine of copper cables. However, they were trapped when there was a gas explosion.
It is reported that others are now trapped because they went down to help the trapped men.
16 of the dead men have been identified by their family and they are believed to be Lesotho nationals.
One man was South African and one body still remains unidentified.
The mine has been standing still for several months and is part of the Gupta family's Optimum Coal assets
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