S.Africa's Amplats fires 12,000 wildcat strikers

JOHANNESBURG, Oct 5 (Reuters) - World no. 1 platinum producer Anglo American Platinum said on Friday it had fired 12,000 workers taking part in a three-week illegal strike, following through on tough talk against the wildcat stoppages in South Africa's mines.

Amplats also said in a statement the illegal strikes had cost it 39,000 ounces in lost output that translated into 700 million rand ($82.27 million) in lost revenue.

($1 = 8.5083 South African rand)

(Reporting by Ed Stoddard and Tiisetso Motsoeneng; Editing by Ed Cropley)

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