The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union’s (MCU), Musa Khalifa, says if blood must be spilt, then so be it.
The union has once again rejected claims that its affiliates are holding their colleagues hostage underground Gold One Mine in Springs, Ekurhuleni.
The more than 500 workers have been underground since Sunday, with the mine management, relatives of some of the miners and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) alleging that they are being held against their will.
AMCU says the workers are staging a sit-in that’s aimed at putting pressure on the mining company to recognise them as the majority union.
The mineworkers are trapped more than 54 kilometres below the surface.
Khalifa says if those stuck underground want to leave they can.
He has told YNews that he has it on good authority that the mine shaft had been cordoned off with razor wire as police attempt to go underground and diffuse the situation.
It’s understood that a tactical plan is being hatched to get everyone out safely, with several emergency responders already on the ground.
Officials say 15 minor injuries have, so far, been reported. Article by Naomi Kobbie
Written by: Lindiwe Mabena