Cedara demo: cattle, goats used in protest

2010-05-05 00:00

DISGRUNTLED workers blockaded the provincial agriculture department with cattle and goats during a protest at Cedara yesterday.

The workers drove a large herd of cattle and goats from the college farm to the main entrance of the head offices of the KwaZulu-Natal Agriculture, Environmental Affairs and Rural Development Department.

The animals were removed by mid-morning.

The department’s newly appointed head, Sizwe Mkhize, is said to have defused the protest during a meeting with union representatives by asking the workers to return the cattle to the dairy and return to work.

National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Unio­n representative Boy Hadebe said yesterday the wor­kers are unhappy about their overtime payments and their living conditions in Khanya Village. He said Mkhize agreed to schedule a meeting for yesterday.

Department spokesperson Ncumisa Mafunda said the workers had jumped the gun by blockading the department’s entrance with cows. “[Mkhize] had already sche­duled to meet with the workers when they drove the cattle to the gates.”

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