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newsSowetan reports that a sixth suspect involved in the cable theft at the Gupta-owned Gloria Coal Mine in Mpumalanga has been released as police conduct further investigations into the matter, as directed by the public prosecutor.  

This came as employees at the mine continued to halt the search and rescue operation for the remaining trapped cable thieves underground.  “The rescue operation won’t continue today [Monday] because we have the employees who won’t permit us to continue the operation until they are paid their salaries‚” business rescue representative for the mine Mike Elliot said on Monday.  The disruption started late last week.  Elliot indicated that there was no money to pay the disgruntled employees.  The Gloria mine forms part of the Optimum Coal assets bought by the Gupta family in 2016.  Their companies were put into business rescue early last year.  Several thieves stripping cables were trapped underground after a gas explosion on Wednesday at the Gloria mine‚ which has been closed for months.  The bodies of five suspected thieves have been recovered.  An unknown number of people remain trapped.

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