Rustenburg - Police used rubber bullets to disperse a group of protesters at Ikemeleng in Kroondal near Rustenburg on Tuesday.
The police were removing rocks used to barricade the roads when protesters pelted them with stones, prompting them to fire rubber bullets into the crowd.
Residents barricaded the road with burning tyres, logs and branches as well as rocks and steels barriers.
The road between Rustenburg and Kroondal was blocked at the Hex River bridge with rocks and burning tyres. The road leading to Sibanye Kroondal mining operations was also blocked at Ikemeleng.
Morning traffic flow towards the N4 highway between Rustenburg and Pretoria was disrupted as a result of the protests and some learners did not go to school, instead opting to join the protest.