JOHANNESBURG – Eight members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) were arrested on Tuesday outside Optimum Coal mine in Mpumalanga.
According to NUM, the members were peacefully protesting.
“The NUM members were peacefully raising their frustration about salaries and bonuses that have not been paid by the Optimum Coal Mine management," said NUM Highveld regional chairperson, Nelson Ratshoshi.
"Some of the NUM members working for the contractors have not been paid their salaries for some time.
"Optimum Coal Mine employees were supposed to be paid their bonuses last week, but they have not been paid.”
NUM said it was concerned that Hendrina police fired rubber bullets and assaulted their members.
The 8 members will appear in court on Wednesday.