Mine workers protest outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg, northwest of Johannesburg January 23, 2014. South African mines producing half the world's platinum are shut as the country's hardline miners union began a strike for hefty pay hikes their employers say they cannot pay. Members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), the sector's main union, downed tools at Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin, the top three producers of the metal used in catalytic converters in cars.

Johannesburg - South African police used rubber bullets on Wednesday to disperse striking members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union who were blocking a road near Anglo American Platinum's Khuseleka shaft, police said.

“In order to remove and disperse group of strikers who were sitting in the middle of the road and blocking the free flow of traffic as well as preventing non-striking workers from going to work, the police had to use four rubber bullets to disperse a crowd,” police said in a statement. - Reuters