South African police clear out Kumba strikers, arrest 40

JOHANNESBURG Tue Oct 16, 2012 3:40am EDT

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African police said on Tuesday they had cleared striking miners from Kumba Iron Ore's giant Sishen mine and returned equipment seized by the strikers to the company, a unit of global mining giant Anglo American.

A local police spokesman told Reuters that 40 of the wildcat strikers had been arrested in the pre-dawn operation.

(Reporting by Sherilee Lakmidas; Editing by Ed Cropley)