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SibanyeAFP reports that, according to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Sibanye Gold suspended dozens of women on Friday after they refused to strip as part of measures to stop workers delivering food to illegal miners.  

The women who refused the intimate inspection were "assaulted and handcuffed using cable ties as if they are criminals", NUM indicated in a statement that claimed 52 women were suspended.  The gold producer confirmed that it had suspended a number of female employees for "allegedly attempting to assist illegal miners", but put the figure at 45.  The union stated that it was “unacceptable and deplorable what these male security officers are doing at Sibanye Gold Cooke Operations.  This is the worst violation of their human rights and degrading to their dignity."  Since January, 665 illegal miners have been arrested at the mine, and 123 employees have been suspended for smuggling food and other contraband to the illicit miners, the company said in a statement.  It added that female employees were searched by females and male employees were searched by males.

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