Gloria Coal Mine rescue operations halted

File: Employees who are NUM members are striking in solidarity of 1,082 employees who have been retrenched at the mine.

File: At least 20 illegal miners were trapped earlier this month, after a gas explosion at the abandoned mine.

JOHANNESBURG - Rescue operations at the Gloria Coal Mine in Mpumalanga have been halted for safety reasons. 

READ: At least 22 trapped underground at Gloria mine

The bodies of six suspected copper cable thieves have been retrieved from the mine shaft. 

More than 20 people are still trapped underground.