A miner was killed on Friday during a “disruptive protest” by striking workers at Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) Union Mine in the North West, the company said in a statement.

An Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) shop steward died when protesters allegedly clashed with police on Friday. Police were dispersing a group of protesters who had barricaded a road leading to Union mine with burning tyres and rocks on Friday.

This has raised concerns that Amcu’s promise of peaceful striking may fall through, as the strike in the platinum sector heads into its third week. The National Union of Mineworkers, reporting that its members are being intimidated, has urged Amcu to bring peace to the region.

This was echoed by Amplats, with CEO Chris Griffith saying “We strongly urge striking employees to adhere to the picketing rules and remain within the picketing designated areas as agreed with Amcu. We condemn any act of violence, intimidation and damage to property,” in a statement on 7 February 2014.