South African miners have called on Anglo American Platinum to reverse a decision to fire 12,000 workers who took part in wildcat strikes.
Several hundred people joined a rally at a football stadium near the city of Rustenburg on Saturday.
The shock decision to dismiss the workers saw South Africa’s currency the rand fall 4 percent as international investors dumped its assets.
The country is struggling to contain some of the worst social unrest since the end of apartheid.
Nearly 50 people have been killed since August during ongoing labour disputes in the mining sector.
Strike leader Gaddafi Mdoda thinks Anglo American Platinum is creating divisions among the area’s working class.
“Bad things are going to happen and I am not sure if Anglo American and the leaders of the land in South Africa are going to take the responsibility of that blood that is going to be shed,” he warned.
The sackings are unlikely to be cancelled. A partner mine of Anglo American Platinum followed suit on Saturday, firing thousands of its workers.