179 violent protests in Western Cape in 2012

2013-01-31 14:13

Cape Town - There were 179 violent strikes and protests in the Western Cape in the past year, provincial police said on Thursday.

"A violent strike is where there is a use of force, a tyre was burnt, where somebody was assaulted with a stick... if a case of intimidation is opened... or roads are blocked with barricades," acting provincial police commissioner Peter Jacobs told reporters in Cape Town.

He said the figure was recorded between January 2012 and the start of this year, against the backdrop of the extended farmworkers' strike.

Farmworkers went on strike from November, demanding that the minimum daily wage be increased from R69 to R150, and that a cohesive land reform programme be implemented.

The strike was recently called off on condition that Agri SA committed to "local-level" agreements, and agreed not to victimise workers.

The police figures showed a spike in violent strikes and protests from September, with 19 incidents recorded.

There were 17 in October, 27 in November, and six in December. This month there were 58 violent strikes and protests.

Jacobs said police officers planned as far as possible to ensure their responses to the farmworkers' strike were adequate.

"It's important to understand what is different in this strike. It was spread over a vast area, especially the first part of November, when it was unheard of in rural areas to have such a simultaneous response, an outburst."

He said the affected area in the Cape Winelands had a radius of at least 600km.

"Whilst we had a number of incidents, we were able to confine it to specific areas and the level of widespread damage was reduced considerably. There was damage, yes, but it was always localised in scope."

Jacobs said deployments in these areas would remain until there were clear signs that labour unrest was over.

  • Poloyatonki - 2013-01-31 14:23

    And Madam thinks she is doing a great job.

      angela.fields.3910 - 2013-01-31 14:28

      Ah, you're still alive Poloyatonki! We haven't heard from you in a while - we were kinda hoping that someone did us all a favour and silenced you.

      warren.rodel - 2013-01-31 14:48

      Yes the madam is doing a great job for DA supporters, its the poor ANC supporters that did not get anything from Zuma that were striking.

      ann.padoa - 2013-01-31 16:00

      she is, but you just don't want to admit it.

      ann.padoa - 2013-01-31 16:04

      The Madam is doing a brilliant job, but you are to blind or stupid to see it.

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2013-01-31 16:30

      Toing Plonki!!!!!!!!

      denis.dendrinos - 2013-01-31 16:34

      that's right Poly - that's why the Netherlands has given CPT 200m to improve transport to Khayelitsa to ensure they can also be part of economic opportunities. Oh wait - they're trying to re-colonise us right?

      phillip.cwazibe - 2013-01-31 18:05

      Is it the Madam's image or country's that that is tarnished? Investors do not look at the Madam but the country. By the way who is the Madam? Is she a Farmer?

  • MerryMartin - 2013-01-31 14:28

    Is there an election coming up? How many violent strikes and protests were there in the rest of the country?

  • darryl.maze1 - 2013-01-31 14:45

    It's amazing how WC is being brought up alot about strikes and closure of schools. Why is the WC been picked on for such small problems. Are you also trying to get into the good books with ANC news24. I hear over 2000 schools have been closed and the WC was the lowest at 21. One province, run by the ANC has closed over 400 schools and nothing was reported on that?????? This is becoming a one sided event.

      warren-rodel - 2013-01-31 14:50

      The ANC had to close the schools because their supporters would have burnt them down.

  • Rashida Patel - 2013-01-31 14:50

    No fan of DA....but these protests very suspcious ! Won't be surpised if instigated by ANC to make the best run province ungovernable !

      attie.stone.3 - 2013-01-31 18:20

      kagiso; You may well have an argument with them striking for higher wages, but the "and that a cohesive land reform programme be implemented." sure don't sound like a worker issue....maybe a unionised agenda issue. You disagree though hey!

  • cobus.brits - 2013-01-31 15:01

    ANC said they will make it ungoverment !! Still trying it's best through their allies !!

  • ann.padoa - 2013-01-31 15:54

    we know what a violent strike is, no need to explain. these strikes were instigated by anc, as they want the western cape with a sore heart. they have said all along that they will make the western cape ungovernable. leave the cape alone you bunch of MORONS.

  • sisie.indola - 2013-01-31 16:17

    Ans the Western Cape is still standing - ag shame Tony & Fransman are trying their dambdest

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