A South African mining company says a protesting employee was killed in a clash with police during a strike in the platinum-mining industry.

Anglo American Platinum said Saturday that the death occurred a day earlier when police were dispersing strikers using rocks and burning tires to barricade a road leading to its Union mine near Northam town. An investigation is underway.

The company says the slain protester was an official with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union, a labor group that is leading the strike by tens of thousands of workers. The strike for higher wages started Jan. 23.

Anglo American also says another employee is in critical but stable condition after being assaulted by strikers while on his way to work. It says protesters have damaged vehicles.