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World Cup strike spreads

South Africa team huddles before the start of second half of the 2010 World Cup football match against Uruguay at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria 16 June, 2010 Reuters

The strike by private security workers has spread to five of the ten stadiums staging the football World Cup. Stewards demanding more money laid siege to their employers' offices in the east coast city of Durban, where the industrial action began last Sunday.

Strikers claim one of their colleagues died in hospital after she was allegedly shot with rubber bullets during the protest.

The company, Stallion Security, has refused to comment.

South African cabinet spokesman Temba Maseko has assured World Cup spectators of their security at future games.

South African cabinet spokesman Temba Maseko 16/06/2010 Listen

Tonight’s match between South Africa and Uruguay, at Pretoria Stadium, should not be affected. That venue is one of five contracted to another private security company.

Addressing a rally in Durban today, strikers’ spokesman Musa Mnyandu would not reveal the name of the worker allegedly killed by rubber bullets.

Police spokeswoman Phindile Radebe could not confirm the death. She did say that four guards were slightly injured during the protest early Monday, but were not hospitalised.