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De Doorns victim 'not part of strike'

2013-01-16 10:08

Cape Town - A man who died after allegedly being shot with rubber bullets in De Doorns was not part of the farmworkers' strike, it was reported on Wednesday.

The Cape Times reported that Letsekang Thokoene, 23, worked at a spaza shop in De Doorns, before being shot on Monday during a protest over higher wages.

His family in the Eastern Cape were informed of his death.

Western Cape police said Thokoene died in hospital and that the Independent Police Investigative Directorate would investigate the shooting.

Farmworkers went on strike last year to demand their daily wage be increased from R69 to R150, and that a coherent land reform programme be implemented.

The strike was suspended in December, but resumed on Wednesday last week.

ANC chairperson in the Boland Pat Marran told the newspaper the farm strike should be called off because the government had stepped in, some farmers were willing to negotiate, and criminals had taken advantage of the situation.

"Some farmers have said they are willing to negotiate but I feel that cannot be done in such an environment. It is tense and very violent there" he said.

"Government departments have also come to the party and showed willingness to assist. In light of that, maybe it would be right to consider calling off the strike."

Comments
  • simphiwe.charlie.5 - 2013-01-16 10:18

    And the police wonder why the community hate them so much.

      JohannDuToit - 2013-01-16 10:26

      Because they protect businesses and farms from people rioting and protesting that has most likely never worked on a farm before..?

      stavious.mamatepa - 2013-01-16 10:38

      And is good for the strikers to throw stones at the police? Two officers were hospitalised before they retaliate with rubber bullets idiot!

      simphiwe.charlie.5 - 2013-01-16 11:50

      The job of the police is to "protect and serve", not brutalize and kill!

      marilyn.docherty.9 - 2013-01-16 13:49

      The strikers way of defence when things go wrong! "I was only watching what was going on".

  • ursula.thyssen - 2013-01-16 10:23

    Give them 150.00 wage, but put in electric boxes so they pay for their own...cause they stay for free...water is free...Why must they demand alone..and charge them rent...

  • angelanair3 - 2013-01-16 10:26

    Thats what they all say! Excuses range from - I was passing, I went to the shops, I was going to work (ha ha), I was standing minding my own business (another ha ha)! You right Nico - Klipgooi is lekker na n paar doppies! Now there WILL be a commission, this is job creation for some people, and the police will be blamed and the "innocent" victim will be laid to rest with full honours bestowed upon him by the ANC. The funeral will be attended by comrades who will take the opportunity to bash the DA.........

  • jj.jeno.1 - 2013-01-16 10:27

    The cops need to stop using rubber bullets because they can be lethal (as in Andries Tatane's case as well). Here is one innocent life taken and for nothing.

      stavious.mamatepa - 2013-01-16 10:33

      Infact this cops were supose to use live ammunition because the strikers are not using rubber stones when throwing to the cops!

      simphiwe.charlie.5 - 2013-01-16 11:48

      Thank you JJ, some don't seem to uderstand that the police job is to protect us, not kill us.

      stavious.mamatepa - 2013-01-16 12:59

      How can i protect some one who is throwing stones at me? How can i protect some who is damaging his/her employer's property?

      peter.walters.1238 - 2013-01-16 14:27

      Rubber stones, BWA HA HA, good point @stavious, but lets stay with rubber as it hurts like hell, and is not supposed to kill.

  • stavious.mamatepa - 2013-01-16 10:29

    Ofcourse 75% of these idiots are not farm workers but criminal who wants to steel and cover themselves with this strike!

      DuToitCoetzee - 2013-01-16 11:23

      ...and the worst is that these "people" create negative polls against the real needy and deserving farm workers.

  • walter.laurie - 2013-01-16 11:07

    "Like" if you agree the Western Cape should be free & independent!

      walter.laurie - 2013-01-16 11:19

      (Once this gets over a certain amount of support, I guarantee News24 will delete it..)

      simphiwe.charlie.5 - 2013-01-16 12:37

      and I will prove once again that most people are ignorant.

  • stavious.mamatepa - 2013-01-16 11:21

    Jaa they are all innocent moos! That journalist burned his own car,those farmers burned their own farms,those shop owners looted their own shops and the police officers stoned each other! Is this what you guys are saying? Can't believe you still sidding with this criminals!

      tshepo.motsitsi.9 - 2013-01-16 11:52

      ETV covered this story yesterday. from the ETV report it appears he was at work stacking bread when the cops came into the spaza shop

  • ferdi.preller - 2013-01-16 11:30

    Moral of the story? Close shop when there is riots and dont feed strikers! Pft!

  • kyle.farmer.927 - 2013-01-16 12:48

    Violence begets violence. Simple.

  • mart.botha - 2013-01-16 12:54

    getpaidtoprotest.co.za

  • John - 2013-01-16 13:08

    Every cop should have a button video camera as part of his uniform. This will ensure the good cops would be vindicated and the thick thug murderous bully boys would be exposed for what they are! The cameras cost about R300 each.

      simphiwe.charlie.5 - 2013-01-16 14:08

      brilliant idea!

  • Nico Du Rand - 2013-01-16 16:44

    The job of the police is not to 'protect and serve' the strikers, but to protect all South-Africans. So as soon as rioters(strikers) pose a threat to any civilians or police officers, the police must neutralise that threat

  • John - 2013-01-16 19:59

    The sole mandate of ALL peace officers is to keep the PEACE. This includes rioters! Striking is legal. Rioting is criminal breach of the PEACE! There is no such thing as an ILLEGAL strike. Pointing a firearm is a criminal act. Shooting anyone who is not immediately threatening one's LIFE is attempted murder or murder. Negligently causing the death of another is culpable homicide. COPS need to wear video cameras on duty to protect US and themselves.

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