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12,000 illegally striking workers have been dismissed by South Africa-based platinum producer Anglo American Platinum, according to Reuters.The strikes have reportedly cost the company $82.7 million.
Miners have been striking across South Africa for some time now over poor wages.
Clashes between striking miner and police workers have been heating up and the body of an Anglo American Platinum mine worker in Rustenberg was found on a nearby hill, according to Reuters.
Police previously killed 34 miners at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine back in August, and 13 others have died during the protests.
Earlier this week, it was reported that the strikes spread to the trucking industry leaving gas stations without fuel and hospitals without essential supplies.
The last official release from Anglo American Platinum dated October 2, stated that the situation in the Rustenburg area had worsened earlier this week. It also said employees at the Union Mine in the Limpopo Province had reported for work but refused to “go underground for their shifts and have presented a memorandum to the mine’s management”.