South African miners rally after 12,000 sacked by world's largest platinum producer
RUSTENBURG, South Africa (AFP) - Some of the 12,000 miners sacked by the world's largest platinum producer in South Africa on Saturday gathered to protest their dismissal and mourn a colleague killed in clashes with police.
Around 28,000 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) workers have been on a wildcat strike for three weeks at the firm's sprawling facilities in Rustenburg, which account for around a quarter of world platinum production.
Amplats on Friday said the miners failed to appear before disciplinary hearings "and have therefore been dismissed in their absence."
Many miners are unwilling to give up their demands for higher pay and Amplats is taking a tough line.