Trucks and bakkie burnt in apparent Mpumalanga mineworkers protest

Mpumalanga police say a group of coal miners have set a number of trucks alight in a protest over not being paid.

Workers from several Optimum-owned mines say they have not been paid salaries for months.

Five trucks and one bakkie belonging to Eskom were torched this morning, blocking the Arnot and Carolina roads out of Hendrina. Another truck was set alight in Middleburg.

Mpumalanga police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi says both incidents may be linked to one group.

It played out from 3 o'clock this morning. We engaged with community members. They became quiet, we then learnt later that trucks were burning.

Brigadier Leonard Hlathi, Spokesperson - Mpumalanga police

All of those that were involved ran away.

Brigadier Leonard Hlathi, Spokesperson - Mpumalanga police

We managed to pick up some information that we are processing right now.

Brigadier Leonard Hlathi, Spokespreson - Mpumalanga

Hlathi says the provincial police commissioner has issued a statement to say despite their grievances, no one has the right too break the law.

We do not know what these trucks have to do with not receiving salaries. These trucks are owned by other people.

Brigadier Leonard Hlathi, Spokespreson - Mpumalanga

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