Farmworkers: Western Cape cops on high alert

2013-01-10 08:37
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Farm protests in Western Cape

Hundreds of protesters resumed wage strikes resulting in clashes between farmworkers and the police. See the pictures.

Cape Town - Western Cape police remain on high alert and some roads are still blocked off as farmworkers continue their protest over wages.

Early on Thursday morning there was a stand-off between police and protestors in Grabouw before officers launched two stun grenades at the workers, an eNCA reporter tweeted.

Protesters were earlier seen toyi-toying in the town.

The road from Villiersdorp into Worcester was also blocked with stones and burning tyres, one resident tweeted.

On Wednesday, protesting farmworkers in De Doorns assaulted a Cape Times reporter and burnt out his car.

Parts of the N1 highway near the town were also closed amid clashes between police and protesters.

Protesters blocked the road with rocks and threw stones at the police, who retaliated by firing rubber bullets.

Lieutenant Colonel André Traut said at least 50 people were arrested across the Western Cape on Wednesday on public violence-related charges.

The protest forms part renewed strike action by workers in demand of a wage of R150 a day. A protester said she had no alternative but to strike, because she could not survive on R60 a day.

Read more on:    cape town  |  agriculture  |  labour  |  farmworker protests  |  strikes

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