Cops deny attack on workers

2012-11-13 13:54

Johannesburg - Western Cape police have denied allegations that police attacked marching workers in Nduli and Prince Alfred Hamlet, near Ceres, on Tuesday morning.

"The allegations made in this regard are not true. Police took action against protesting farm workers by using rubber bullets to disperse the crowds," said Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut in an e-mail.

"No one was attacked and no damage to any of our vehicles has been reported."

In a statement, the Workers International Vanguard Party alleged that police attacked marchers, who in turn retaliated by burning police vehicles.

Traut said the situation in the area was being monitored and police officers were deployed to maintain law and order.

Workers in the De Doorns area have been protesting since last Monday about their working conditions and pay.

  • jason.heineberg - 2012-11-13 14:21

    Its not attack if the bullets are rubber? Not that the protest didn't needed dispersing, but the word "attack" means to take aggressive action against, which is what they did here. So I don't know why they are calling the allegations false.

      willem.vanrensburg.562 - 2012-11-13 14:39

      John - 2012-11-16 23:04

      Unless the thug force was in immediate threat of their lives they have no LEGAL right to use firearms! If some one breaks the LAW , the thug is supposed to arrest him and bring him before a magistrate for punishment. The thug has no LEGAL right to inflict punishment. This makes him a thug!

  • patrick.mbense - 2012-11-13 14:23

    Stop making the police the bad ones. They there to see that all is peaceful. You cause trouble you will get shot with a rubber bullet. Lets give these guys some credit and back them at times. Must be hard having to look after out of hand protestors all the time. Some force needs to be used and should be!!!

      Jaap - 2012-11-13 16:01

      Thank you Patrick! I agree the SAPS are really in the front line with no support from the public. These "protesters" caused over R12m damages by burning property that does not belong to them. It is also their bread and butter that they are destroying.

  • jerome.fortuin.71 - 2012-11-13 14:43

    shooting me with rubber bullets isn't assault can some1 please explain to me what is assault then

      marnus.lamprecht - 2012-11-13 15:11

      I wonder how many other people share my frustration with liberal people like you? Every time action is taken against the people that are murdering and burning down our country you find fault with the action taken. Just answer this question, if a hoard of people stand outside your property and threaten to burn it down and behave like hooligans won't you be pleased if the police try and to protect what is yours? You have a big mouth now and bitch and moan but I am sure you will say something quite different if you are in danger. If shooting rubber bullets to disperse a mob of unbehaved people is considered assault then I wish our police force assault more often.

      John - 2012-11-16 22:53

      Touching your body without your CONSENT is assault! Threatening you and being in a position to carry out that threat is assault. Shooting you with rubber bullets is assault and pointing a firearm. All these actions are unlawfull unless done in SELF DEFENCE! when ones own LIFE is in immediate threat! The thug force is NOT exempt from the LAW!!

  • brigitte.liebenberg.5 - 2012-11-13 14:53

    As I understand it from the TV news, the farm labourers involved in the dispute are seasonal workers. Where do they live the rest of the year? In farm accommodation or do they move around the country? More clarity needed please.

      ernie.croucher - 2012-11-13 18:23

      brigette.....they are seasonal workers and they do not stay on the farms,but they are the ones creating all the problems.This is the only time of the year they do some work.

  • Strikeback - 2012-11-13 15:42

    Members of the SAPS has a duty to uphold the law. Illegal strikes are called illegal because it is not legal. If rubber bullets are required to protect property it is called using minimum force to overcome the transgression. Stop attacking law enforcement for the sake of criminals who partake in illegal actions. We support the SAPS 100%.

      John - 2012-11-16 22:22

      There is no such thing as an ILLEGAL strike! Section 23 of the Constitution available at your reference library. Read it and relieve your ignorance!

  • John - 2012-11-16 23:13

    What or which thug in charge gives the thug force the right to use firearms to DISPERSE a crowd. THUGS are insane and stupid BULLIES!

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