Cops keep a close eye on Western Cape

2012-11-17 14:14

Cape Town - Western Cape police said on Saturday that they would continue to monitor areas of the province which had been affected by the protests of striking farmworkers.

"From the police's side, everything is quiet this morning," Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut said.

On Friday, protesters looted shops and torched businesses in the Hex River Valley and roads in the province, including the N2, were blockaded with rocks and burning tyres.


The Mawubuye Land Rights Forum said in a statement on Saturday that it supported the striking farmworkers in their demands.

"These protests are spontaneous and organised by the workers themselves, and are an indicator of the abject poverty that farm workers and their communities experience."

Protests over wages in the province spread across the Boland, with table grape harvesters demanding to be paid R150 a day. Most earned between R69 and R75 a day.

Even among workers at the same farm, there were often pay disparities, with women were paid less than their male counterparts, even though they do the same work, Mawubuye claimed.

"Living conditions on many farms are sub-human, and we need to dispel the myth that farmers provide free electricity and offer pay for transport themselves."


The labour department met with various farmers' unions on Friday and negotiations are set to start next Thursday.

The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration would mediate the talks.

The department on Friday called for interested parties to comment on a possible review of the sectoral determination for farmworkers, which prescribes minimum wages and conditions of employment.

About 300 farmworkers who went on strike in Wolseley in the Western Cape returned to work on Friday, according to the SA National Civic Organisation.

Provincial general secretary Vusi Myeki said the workers agreed to suspend the strike for at least two weeks pending a decision on the farmworkers' minimum wage.

  • aroka.murombe - 2012-11-17 14:25

    Ag shame no1 deserves to die but why cheat if u have it all

      thandiwe.ngema.71 - 2012-11-17 15:01

      I bet the ones looting and destroying were ANC supporters. The farm-workers with legitimate concerns have had their cause hi-jacked by anarchic ANC elements..

      silenta.solly - 2012-11-19 10:35

      Aaaagggg shame Thandiwe, you are a sangoma now.....newsflash those are the very same people who voted for the DA in those farms mostly my coloured friends

  • Gary.desousa7 - 2012-11-17 14:46

    Savages who have no idea of the damages down to the country, to the perceptions caused continue to loot,burn and kill in the name of the unions,the anc and nothing is done.

  • alan.jerrold - 2012-11-17 14:56

    Find the guys who are systematically instigating violent demonstrations and arrest them. All this violence isn't just happenstance.

  • nico.dejongh.90 - 2012-11-17 14:59

    Farms in the Western Cape and mines up north reeks of ANC libiration struggle as utter by bigbek Malema. Ag shame no2 is dying trying 'cheat' his way through life. The minimum salary is governmental issues domkop'.

  • juan.prinsloo.750 - 2012-11-17 15:12

    Reporting on this has been pretty one-sided. How come we hear nothing of the farmers. There's always 2 sides to s story

  • esther.coetzee.50 - 2012-11-17 15:23

    I am also angry - at all the stealing,corruption, mismanagement, destruction, etc by the ANC and it's followers but somehow I do not go out and loot shops, burn and destroy other people's property. Seems that all people are indeed not equal

  • Karabo Phetoane - 2012-11-17 15:48

    Whites from DA are also corrupt,they can justify whatever their reasons can be,period.

      tersia.louw.12 - 2012-11-19 11:43

      Who are these corrupt DA whites? Maybe you should name these alleged miscreants so that we can share your enlightenment.

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-11-17 21:35

    These fools destroy and loot as they go along - soon the farms where they workrd will be gone too - so where will they find jobs then? I understand their grievances but to loot and destroy that does not solve any of their problems!

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