De Doorns 'very tense' after protest

2012-11-06 12:26

Cape Town - Around 8 000 farm workers gathered in De Doorns on Tuesday morning following a violent protest that left vineyards in flames, a Western Cape agriculture official said.

"The situation is very tense, but police seem to be in control at the moment. They've also called for reinforcements to come and a helicopter is on its way," said Wouter Kriel, spokesperson for agriculture MEC Gerrit van Rensburg.

He said it looked as though the group was planning to march.

Van Rensburg, community safety MEC Dan Plato and cultural affairs and sports MEC Ivan Meyer met with police, local safety authorities and the farming community at around 08:00 to discuss a plan of action.


Kriel said they had not made it clear what they wanted or why they were protesting.

"There is no specific leadership and no list of demands... one thing that is very important is to get dialogue going."

Breede Valley mayor Basil Kivedo was expected to address the crowd later in the day to try and establish their needs. The provincial government was calling in an experienced negotiator to handle the situation.

The N1 highway had to be closed between Touws River and De Doorns on Monday when farm workers gathered on the road.

Over 30 hectares of vineyards were destroyed in the protest.

Western Cape police said at the time the cause of the protest was likely a wage dispute, but the agricultural department said this was incorrect.

"This is not a labour strike and [is] not organised by farm workers, even though farm workers are involved. It seems to be politically motivated," Kriel said.

"There is a lot of intimidation going on. We have a lot of seasonal labour on the farms starting for [the] grape season. We are adamant that it is not traditional workers who are involved, but the seasonal workers."

  • christopher.m.lowe - 2012-11-06 12:30

    Bloody ANC rabble rousers. They'll do anything to take attention away from the economic wasteland that is the rest of South Africa. At least in the Western Cape more people have work. They should be grateful, not blocking roads and stoning innocent motorists.

      roftyleroux - 2012-11-06 13:01

      Uhm ... Stirrer ... jou IK is laer as die protesters sin. Gaan koop n kaart en dan kyk jy waar le die WC grens.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-11-06 13:02

      Let us hope the farmers have insurance, surely the workers don't have similar insurance. I won't be surprise if more than 50% of these people are unemployed.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-11-06 13:08

      Rofty, ek wou eers die grenspos by Leeu-Gamka opsit (B/Wes is in elk geval ANC), maar met die De Doorns moeilikheid moet ons kleiner begin. Is jy in?

      roftyleroux - 2012-11-06 13:14

      Stirrer ... your doing it wrong. Take the whole WC and kick out the scum.

      LutherKingsley - 2012-11-06 13:56

      kagiso.booi, The WC have some of the best upliftment programs for farm workers, many farmers built small villages for their workers, gave them shares in the farms and they were all happy. Ever since the large migrations to the WC the ANC support in the WC also escalated, and along with this escalation we've seen more barbaric riots... I dont have proof of this, just saying its quite ironic and we should probably investigate this further and chase these rubbish instigators out of the WC.

  • zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-11-06 12:31

    The revolution has started,I saw it coming. Zuma the puma you can deny and deny but the country is in crisis.

  • exile13 - 2012-11-06 12:37

    soot tem al!

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-11-06 12:40

    Someone said yesterday that they protested due too little work available in the area. Maybe you should go and protest at parliament?

      carol.brand.5030 - 2012-11-06 12:51

      too little work in the area? so, move then, go somewhere where there is work. OMG i am an employment refugee from KZN. came here to find work and raise a family. Nobody gave me a cent, a house, a car, trainfare or anything else.

      TheunisNaude - 2012-11-06 13:12

      If work is the problem, then I dont see how burning down a vineyard is going to solve that. Guess what retards, next year there will be even less. They have no bloody insight!!!!

  • roftyleroux - 2012-11-06 12:42

    How stupid is a culture that destroys the hand that feeds them. Why dont they march up to Nkandla and burn down what was bought and built with tax payers money. We live in a country full of retards.

  • mart.botha - 2012-11-06 12:47

    This is terrorism. The purpose behind all this is politically motivated and aimed at bring down one ANC Government and replacing it with a new freshly engineered ANC Government. The divisions have been recognised for ages. It is therefore encumbent on government to treat all these volent protestors as terrorists who are terrorising the country's civilians, and they need to apply the commensurate amount of force to restore law and order. It needs to be made patently obvious to the most dof potential protestor that his actions may lead to reciprocal violence....and it must not only be threatened, it must be carried out. In order to police the police all their offensive actions must be filmed by the independant media and groups that will verify that the police action was justified to protect the lives and property of South Africans.

  • Billy - 2012-11-06 12:56

    on whos payroll are these farmworkers?

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-11-06 12:57

    what will they go back to work for if they burned vineyards, this mentality of destroying in S.A really amazes me. fire them all.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-11-06 12:57

    Why on earth burn someones vineyards,which supply jobs to others. Why do South Africans ALWAYS have to act like barbaric savages?????????The saddest part is a hundred years from now,[if there is anything left]they will be doing the same savage behaviour-why because they can!!!!!

  • scg001wp - 2012-11-06 13:05

    heavy days. I work for an Export Creditation Board and the fact that vineyards are set alight will definately effect our business as we are approaching our grapes season now. the timing of all this strikes/protests couldn't have come at a worser time.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-11-06 13:11

      This is the problem,these goons protest over....whatever,in the procees destroying the futures of others!!! They are selfish and should be held liable for the damage. If they cant pay-sentence them to 15 years hard labour,toiling in the sun without a damned cent!

  • francois.v.eeden.3 - 2012-11-06 13:06


  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-11-06 13:06

    I said yesterday that the police just has to go in there and clear that vipers nest out,pity they dont read these comments.

  • dragonfire47 - 2012-11-06 13:14

    Burning and destroying property that dosent belong to the, m that's all those those subhuman barbarians know

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-11-06 13:34

      You should see the interviews with some of them on TV. Dof as planks!

  • michael.a.devilliers - 2012-11-06 13:18

    Over 30 hectares of vineyards were destroyed... Go ahead, burn down your jobs.

  • danie.smit.587 - 2012-11-06 13:32

    Sny ons nie ons eie koppe herhaaldelik af nie, deur werkers, van ander areas na die Wes Kaap aan te ry nie. So gou hulle nie meer honger is nie byt hulle jou. Hou op om vir die vlugtelinge van ander provinsies werk te gee, jy gaan aan die hakskeen gebyt word

  • Kibbles79 - 2012-11-06 14:02

    Good going guys, don't be shocked when you idiots are out of jobs. Vines don't grow overnight.

  • jason.slabber.3 - 2012-11-06 14:07

    Bus service runs late because of striking bus drivers...burn all stationary buses, then no one can travel anyways. Trains running late because of stolen power cables...burn the trains, making all subsequent trains even later. Unhappy with wages, go on strike and burn the farm, now the farmer has even LESS money to give you. Am I the only one seeing the lunacy here? People of's called CIVILIZATION for a reason, you should try it sometime.

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-11-06 14:39

    "The provincial government was calling in an experienced negotiator to handle the situation." By that, I hope they mean that they succeeded in resurrecting Oskar Dirlewanger and his crew.

  • stephen.j.dickson.3 - 2012-11-06 15:10

    Let them and all their forebears starve.It'll serve them right for rutting uncontrolably like flies and rats..........bottom line

  • lesmanbanda - 2012-11-06 15:15

    Oh beloved country, the strikes are fast becoming the face of the nation .

  • lesmanbanda - 2012-11-06 15:15

    Oh beloved country, the strikes are fast becoming the face of the nation .

  • TawwaTienie - 2012-11-06 21:02

    Vergelyk die optrede van stakers versus die DA besoek aan Nkandla. Wat doen SAP? As boer waarskuskote skiet dan arresteer hulle hom. Vir wat? Huke steek sy goed aan die brand maar die SAP doen niks behalwe om boer te arresteer. Kan mens dan sommer net steel en brande stig? Boere moet kyk wie hulle in diens neem.

  • TawwaTienie - 2012-11-06 21:07

    Boere daar is 600000 blankes in arm plakker kampe. Werkloos as gevolg van BEE. Neem blankes in diens en verkoop produkte direk aan blankes.

  • TawwaTienie - 2012-11-06 21:11

    Hoeveel van die protesters werk onder dwang vir ENIGE boer. Hoeveel is buitelanders. Net soos die myners wat staak is n groot persentasie uit Afrika en ander lande. Hulle steel ons eie mense se werke en huise. Hoekom is daar soveel moorde en misdaad?

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-11-10 08:08

    What is wrong with these people, this is their future livelyhood. Really we are seeing more and more of this violence and vandalism today than we did 5 years ago. What does that mean is any sane person. I would say, people are walking backwards and I think it is because the ANC keep telling their people to fight for the struggle, so these people are unaware that the struggle is over, they still fighting the struggle within themselves. Is this how the like their people, brainwashed. Wait, not long from now there will be no jobs, no money because the more people are being brainwashed to destroy the very livelyhood that provides them with a job, wait they will turn nasty on the people who coersed them....hunger reminds people that once was. They will turn on those very instigators, its coming. These people farmworkers are going to feel the pain of hunger the same as the miners will, its just a matter of time.

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