Hundreds of mine workers are staging a sit-in underground at the Impala mine in Rusternburg in the North West. It’s believed the miners went underground on Thursday morning but have not resurfaced.

A representative of mine workers union, AMCU, Loyiso Tybuko has confirmed to SABC News that the workers are demanding to be employed permanently.

He says they are meeting with the mine management at this stage. A mine worker, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of victimisation, says some of the relatives of the miners have gathered at the mine.

“They entered underground at 4am and until now they have not resurfaced. They been raising work related issues.  We have not sat down and decided to toyi-toyi. They want their outstanding monies,” says Tybuko.