De Doorns violence continues

 
 
 
  • Protesting farm workers in De Doorns, Western Cape, continued their three-day protest on Wednesday night. The protesters, who have made no formal demands, left vineyards burning in their wake. (Johan van der Merwe, Landbouweekblad)
  • A farmer was arrested during the day for attempted murder after he allegedly shot at protesting workers. (Johan van der Merwe, Landbouweekblad)
  • Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel AndrĂ© Traut said two people were arrested on Tuesday after looting a bottle store. (Johan van der Merwe, Landbouweekblad)
  • Workers had been gathering on the N1 highway since Monday, and 30 hectares of vineyards were burned, resulting in several arrests. (Johan van der Merwe, Landbouweekblad)
  • When the initial protest started, police said it was linked to a wage dispute. The agriculture department and Democratic Alliance in the province denied this, suggesting it was politically motivated. (Johan van der Merwe, Landbouweekblad)
  • De Doorns produces table grapes, predominantly for the export market. This industry supports 8000 full time workers and 8000 seasonal jobs in the Hex River Valley. (Johan van der Merwe, Landbouweekblad)