Farmer held for shooting at protesters

2012-11-06 21:13

Johannesburg - A farmer was arrested after he allegedly fired a shot at protesting farm workers in De Doorns on Tuesday, Western Cape police said.

"The farm owner has been arrested for attempted murder," said Lieutenant Colonel André Traut.

He said about 8 000 farm workers gathered to protest in De Doorns on Tuesday.

"The situation is calm. They are slowly dispersing and more police have been deployed to maintain order."

Wouter Kriel, spokesperson for agriculture MEC Gerrit van Rensburg, said the reasons for the protest were not immediately clear.

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

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

Over 30ha 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 disputed this.

"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."

The Congress of SA Trade Unions in the Western Cape said it supported demands by farm workers and residents of De Doorns for a living wage and decent living conditions, with basic services and proper housing plans.

"Many of the farmers have been exploiting the farm workers for too long in the agricultural sector, and this needs to come to an end," provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich said.

"People cannot be expected to live on their knees, whilst the farmers profit handsomely from the exploitation."

He called on workers and residents not to resort to violence.

The Democratic Alliance said the protest was politically motivated.

"It is very clear to me that much of the protest in this area is politically motivated and the local ANC is once again played a large role in inciting the violence and vandalism," said Ivan Meyer, leader of the DA in the Western Cape.

"A volatile situation such as this one should under no circumstances be exploited for cheap political gain. The DA condemns such behaviour in the strongest sense."

Meyer said the mayor of the Breede Valley municipality, Basil Kivedo, addressed the protesters on Tuesday afternoon.

"Through intense mediatory (sic) discussions with all the stakeholders, we managed to defuse today's conflict.

"Our swift reaction and leadership proved that it is possible to find solutions through dialogue."

  • neilpretorius83 - 2012-11-06 21:30

    Why doesn't the headline read 'Protestors held for burning down farmer's vineyard'?

      goeie.jaarling - 2012-11-06 21:57

      No, because that would be racist, anti-revolutionary, actual fact anti everything that is uncivilized....and we can't have that while aspiring to do things according to the African way.

      heinrich.swart.3 - 2012-11-06 22:34

      Arrested for attempted murder??? Seriously, 8000 people protesting an the farmer, who probably is a good shot misses? Clearly he didn't fire at the crowd but rather a warning shot. Attempted murder for firing a warning shot? Ag please!? Destroying someone's property, that's a crime, but no arrests.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-11-07 08:43

      You can't just replace those vineyards , they take many years and decades to establish. Its gone now , no work , no money , no pride , no joy , no progress .

      carol.brand.5030 - 2012-11-07 11:04

      my thoughts exactly! Stoopid useless impotent police force we have!

  • peter.retief - 2012-11-06 21:30

    lock up marius fransman

  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-11-06 21:31

    Wow the ANC are up to no good now a lot of these people are going to be out of work since they burnt their vines, what a disaster, that bloody Erenreich is going to get burnt playing with fire

  • dehlia.fredericks - 2012-11-06 21:31

    a shot, 1 single shot, arrest 4 murder, killed 2 policeman, no arrest, hello, WTF! so every tom/dick nd harry, welcum 2 SA, a new trend!

      CeRvAnTeS - 2012-11-07 09:57

      I'm pretty sure if he really wanted to shoot someone they would have been dead... I can pull down a dove from 200m...

  • Desilusionada - 2012-11-06 21:43

    Two sentences about the topic and the other 19 about old rehashed drivel......

  • robert.doyle.712 - 2012-11-06 21:46

    Get out that F&*%^G place and let them all starve.Was in Jamaica many years ago and the guys there reckon they want the British back to rule them because a black has no idea of how to rule....that from a Jamaican nogal. Truth spoken.

      sakhile.gamede - 2012-11-07 11:11

      well you are Jamaican now are you...enjoy

  • declan.kelly.54 - 2012-11-06 21:51

    More details, please. Not to condone the gunshot, but can you imagine being confronted by 8000 people with the history of farm murders in SA? This guy must have been poeping himself.

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-11-07 08:58

      agreed... If I am a farmer and a mob of workers - who are not even MY workers, but mostly migrant workers - came onto my property and burnt down my vineyards (do you know it takes 3 to 4 years before a vineyard starts producing) I would more than likely try to chase them off my property as well with a warning shot...I am sure that it is in our constitution that you can protect your property from trespassers? Did Zuma not do the same at Nkandla? Did one of his followers not fire a shot there? The difference there was that at Nkandla the guy who fired a shot was not the owner of the property, and the DA was a minroity using a public road, not trespassing on private property...

      CeRvAnTeS - 2012-11-07 10:00

      I'm pretty sure if he really wanted to shoot someone they would be dead... I can pull down a dove from 200m...

  • hdejager3 - 2012-11-06 21:53

    @ Bongani A farmer pulls of a shot no one was injured and you have to comment like that i wondered what u said when all the people was killed by the striking miners or are u one of those that just jump up once a white man does sum wrong go and look how many of farmers get killed in SA and im not saying the farmer was right get the whole story was the protesters peas full or did they show violence and burn all down thats how it gets done when u want sum today in SA burn down schools hospitals munisapaleties

  • nico.dejongh.90 - 2012-11-06 21:55

    Doff specials. Burn the workplace and demand an increase. Zuma is correct - the African way he works.

  • hdejager3 - 2012-11-06 21:56

    @Declan i agree

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-11-06 21:57

    Whenever you Einrich there is politically motivated strikes. The farmers need to keep their guns loaded to shoot these criminals.

  • NangiLum - 2012-11-06 22:06

    News24 is full of racists, black and white....

      goeie.jaarling - 2012-11-06 22:14

      Our main induna/president promotes racism....who are you and me to criticize his doing?

      jackie.stone.501 - 2012-11-06 22:23

      Just like you, you could have read proper news at business day/mail & guarding, or even better not checked the comments. But hey you could not resist coming here and reading racist remark, because you also my friend are a racist

      jackie.stone.501 - 2012-11-06 22:54

      @NangiLum judge for yourself. Your statement should be getting more thumbs up than @goeie.jaarling but it is the other way around, that is just more color, color. They stick together and you guys must organize yourself as well. I concluded long time ago that they don't read they look at the name an then thumbs up/down

      sakhile.gamede - 2012-11-07 11:13

      @Jackie...well should be the president...

      NangiLum - 2012-11-07 13:15

      @Jackie goeie.jaarling dissed zuma. anyone that disses zuma will get a thumbs up. How am i racist by reading the comments? i dont understand your way of thinking. I was born a year after mandela was released from prison and should be reading about racism in the history books, but here i am, 21 years later, living in it.... At this rate i dont think racism will ever end. we need to pray for our country.

      harold.parsons.37 - 2012-11-10 10:17

      Tha ANC is full of racist,black and a small minority of white communists and whites in an identity crisis.

  • NangiLum - 2012-11-06 22:11

    News24 is full of racists, black and white....

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-11-06 22:47

      Uyabora seriaaz joe. Are you working at Multichoice? Why repeating yourself qha!

      pws69 - 2012-11-07 06:57

      A microcosm of our country. The only way it will change is if moderates like you and me effect that change. Don't let it get to you, just lead the change by example.

  • william.letsong.5 - 2012-11-06 22:14

    WTF! Are you not allow to protect and defend yourself?

  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-11-06 22:18

    Why all the racist talk?? It just happens to be a group of about 8000 blacks rioting,looting and burning property of white farmers for no reason.Good old SA. As far as shooting them its not racist but a legitimate reaction to people who are only about one rung from been animals.

      sakhile.gamede - 2012-11-07 11:15 talk stupid...there was no reason for that..

  • Adil Smit - 2012-11-06 22:24

    And pres Zuma's home upgrade still costs R248 million rand

  • phaldiemeyer - 2012-11-06 22:32

    If you come to my property and try and burn it down, you going home in a box...I don't care who you going the f#ck or what colour you are!!!

  • Adil Smit - 2012-11-06 22:33

    If you are unhappy about your salary, how does it help to burn down vineyards? Why not approach the Department of Labour?

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-11-06 22:35

    Shame didn't the farmer think these guys are bunch of squirrels and decided to shoot at them. Two wrongs can never make right. Employers must stop taking law into their own hands as well the workers have understand that unions are there for them so if we can understand only that two then we will seat with no problems.

      maria.roth.589 - 2012-11-07 01:26

      I can't shoot but I am sure that if I took a pot shot at 8000 people I would hit one of them. He didn't so why don't we wait to find out what actually happened. Maybe he shot a warning shot to frighten them off it doesn't seem he was in an armoured car. It is not so improbable that he was scared. They were after all burning his vineyard perhaps he thought they would burn his whole farm down and kill him not something that hasn't happened to others before him. Put yourself in his place for a moment.

      carla.vittori3 - 2012-11-07 09:58

      How about employees stop taking the law into their own hands and destroying property and killing innocent people?

  • sbarnard2 - 2012-11-06 22:45

    Is thks article about the farmer or about the violent strikes?? The heading states farmer arrested for shooting and its metioned in one sentence...the rest is about the strikers and the strike... Is this a way to attract readers? Pathetic!!!!... Where's the article on the farmer???

  • sibusiso.mkoko - 2012-11-06 22:51

    I thought the article was about a boer shooting @ ppl.....somehow the reporter managed to drift away to the subject matter. Typical poor biased cut-and-paste reporting of news24.

  • dragonfire47 - 2012-11-06 22:56

    attempted murder the idiots call it, more like attempted self defence

  • markus.esterhuyse - 2012-11-06 23:08

    Tony Ehrenreich this reeks of you! If this was a crime seen your prints would have been all over the seen! What do you pay these people to do this? What you sow you will reap!! Do you have a domestic worker working for you? What do you pay her as your salary should be about R25 K plus a month! God never sleeps my man!

  • sbarnard2 - 2012-11-06 23:15

    So in general the black ppl here think the farmer was wrong to protect his property... The mentality her shows that it is wrong to burn down a mans property but not right to protect your property.. I'm teying to get to grips with this type of mentality... I say fire the lot..let them starve to death and those that do live will surely be more obedient... Employ jobless white ppl Mr Farmer... They'll be greatful for every cent and I promise u thet won't burn ur farm... I feel so sorry for a country where ppl believe wrong is right and visa versa... I'd like a couple of these ppl's addresses.. I want to come burn their homes and see if they would just stand and watch me do it... Oh wait sorry I'm white...I'll be arrested for light a cigarette in a rural area...

      clive.brink - 2012-11-07 08:36

      mshini, you must be a little snotnose kraal idiot supposed to be looking after the goats. You cant even follow the logic here. Now run off and go count your goats!

      ronald.stilianou - 2012-11-07 08:39

      Mshiniboys? YOU are the last person to even utter the word "uneducated".

      mshiniboys - 2012-11-07 09:08

      ronald.stillborn Im afraid Im the first...unlike you indeed.

      mshiniboys - 2012-11-07 09:16

      clive.on the brink...You mean to say you left goats in your own country when you hibernated to my country.You run off because hibernation is over as far as I know.

  • izan.botes.7 - 2012-11-07 01:33

    ja ja jamba and all you other liberals always thinking your opinions are the best because they sound the nicest. wait until they burn your property and murder your family then wee will see how you feel about having a chat. if you behave like a barbaric thug you should be treated like one. courts are for civilized people.

  • aubrey.christie - 2012-11-07 03:07

    Eight thousand farm workers in the de doorns region you got to be kidding. This is all organized by that ar** hole Tony Ehrenreich, he's also responsible for all Oudtshoorn's woes and all the rest of the unrest in the western cape. Only God knows what he is trying to prove.

  • Karabo Phetoane - 2012-11-07 04:55

    Most of the whites here think the farmer was right shooting at protesters claiming he was protecting his property,that does automatically mean we blacks have to take guns and aim at whites when we feel our hard fought democracy is being hijacked by so called Zilles and this other pretenders.

      pws69 - 2012-11-07 07:06

      Think about this, if he was aiming to shot AT someone, with a target of 8000, he would have to be completely useless to miss. He fired a WARNING shot, which is the responsible thing to do. Do you think this USELESS ANC government would compensate him for his loss should this mob of thugs burned his vineyards?

      carol.brand.5030 - 2012-11-07 11:16

      i am sorry Karabo. do you know that with democracy comes responsbility? Democracy does not give anyone free reign to plunder, destroy ANHYONE else's property/homes. Do you know that democracy has never been achieved by a liberation movement turned 'government'? how do you live? where do you live? how much formal education have you had? Stop sprouting ideology and the bs you learned at Mandela's knee. that Sh88t wont fly anymore. He spent 27 years in jail and dont think that cant happen again!

      byron.matthews.562 - 2012-11-07 11:48

      "Police arrested a man on Sunday who fired a shot into the air while demonstrating against the DA presence at Nkandla. The man, who apparently had two firearms, would face a charge of firing a weapon at a public gathering, reported Eyewitness News." some comments taken from SO MUCH FOR DEMOCRACY!!!!! "If we don't get it OUR WAY...then we will SHOOT YOU"!!! Wonderful country South Africa has become..... not a SLIGHT IDEA what democracy is..... - art5SA The DA would have been massacred by these savages, thank you SAPS. - LutherKingsley Yes, same old same old. The ANC and their criminal supporters. - BigChiefPlumbPudding bunch of hooligans - sanchez.sancho.7 What is new still in the bush - Jayden Nothing they distoyed the bush and all moved to the cities and towns - luke.dekoker The ANC is a bunch of thugs, their supporters and leaders are Neanderthals and deserve to be relegated back the Stone Age where they belong - renard.souza Zulu's love must have been an IFP member lol - osmaseko it's amusing how it doesnt say "illegal" firearm/rifle, or at the very least that he was in possession of an "arms cache" since I assume he had more than 1 round in the magazine. also amusing how suddenly reporters didnt slap their typical "assault rifle" sticker on the article. typical biased reporting. PS:no person would fire their LEGALLY licensed baby into the air. - lian.bredenkamp

      byron.matthews.562 - 2012-11-07 11:49

      nathan.buchner - November 5, 2012 at 09:49 Lol now he can take a bullet in jail! Kalari - November 5, 2012 at 09:51 Again a fine display of way below average IQ. The anc never fail to surprise when it comes to stupidity. They fell right into the trap of showing their ugly face to the world. winifred.watson.9 - November 5, 2012 at 10:36 Violence is that all the majority know, everything erupts into violence. When will they throw off the dark ages and step out into the free world. They are supporting a man that has robbed and spent all their money and only luring them with what is left a promise that extends no better than bread crumbs. theMichaelHawthorne - November 5, 2012 at 10:57 Report commentComments Policy No mention of firearm license.... HASANIMA - November 5, 2012 at 13:40 Who manufactured these guns?They must take them back because they are getting abused in Africa. Check Marikane, the farms, the list is endless marilyn.docherty.9 - November 6, 2012 at 16:07 Violence is the ONLY way they no to approach any problem!!! I wonder was the gun even licenced - where had it been stolen from??? Add it all to the CRIME!!!

  • Charles Frederik Robberts - 2012-11-07 05:06

    Give that Boer a Bells

  • Concerned_RSA - 2012-11-07 05:31

    Hahaha, no violence, yet the man lost 24 ha of vineyard, his livelyhood? What would you do when people are plowing through your livelyhood? The food that is supposed to feed your family. All because of a politically enraged situation. Another strike - all the same reasons... We want more! SAD

  • john.rhodes.12576 - 2012-11-07 05:57

    Mechanise all farming!!!!

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-07 06:11

    Behind Mantashe's mask, and stated policy of making the Western Cape ungovernable, the ANCYL and now the FYL fiends of the same league are dtermoned to infiltrate and buss in agitators. You need ears on the ground in advance, because it is backed by ANC state spend and most likely the orchestrated conclave meetings must be aplenty probably in or behind blackened brothels or the likes. maybe the answer lies at the bottom of Jackson's bottle or a racist Limpopian's bed mat neh floyd

  • strikeback.strikeback - 2012-11-07 06:12

    If we recognise a "tri-party alliance", why are we surprised about political influence in labour issues. Cosatu is ANC and SACP. Strikes and industrial action are influenced by politics. Strikeback wants to stay neutral and out of politics. However alliance means "partnership". Just for the record.

  • sesom - 2012-11-07 06:51

    This farmer must get a MEDAL...A gold one...

  • pws69 - 2012-11-07 06:54

    The Farmer gets arrested for protecting his possessions, but no one gets arrested for burning down 30 hectares of vineyards. Wendy Machenik gets to pay a fine of R1,5 million and no jail time after stealing R27 million, but a poor guy gets 6 months in jail for stealing a can of beans because he was hungry. Agliotti gets a free pass after putting death on the streets with drugs. Kebbels killers not only get a free pass, but get their guns back. I hope a judge reads this: How do you expect us to respect you and the law if it is so perverted? When did you stop protecting the victims and why do you go out of your way to help the criminals? If your excuse is that you follow the law, then please be honest and rename the Department of Justice the Department of Law. We're just not getting justice.

      simphiwe.b.erasmus - 2012-11-07 15:36

      If I come and shoot your child or mother or wife dad or a loved one and offer you 27mil rands in return, will you let me go????? I don't think so?? So stop your stupid arguments man!! Liewe genade!!

  • pws69 - 2012-11-07 07:11

    BTW News24, mediatory is an actual word, and it was used in the correct context. So why put sic after you have printed it? This ANC OBE education has done some serious damage.

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-11-07 07:23

    cosatu the wheel will turn. For everything you, your cronies and the anc and their cronies does to others, will haunt you for the rest of your lives and those of your childrens.

      carol.brand.5030 - 2012-11-07 11:19

      aye aye! the karma wheel turns! as you sow,you shall reap!

      byron.matthews.562 - 2012-11-07 13:02

      yes, the 1 group of children will blame the other group saying they benefited from BEE and the children will respond saying they had nothing to do with BEE and their parents never even voted ANC and all those who voted ANC left the country already and why should they be blamed for their parents decisions and their parents worked their backsides off nothing was handing to them on a platter. The other group will however insist they did benefit from their parents affiliation to COSATU and/or voting ANC and striking and the other group will respond that its been 20 years since BEE was abolished and for them to stop living in the past ..... but the other group would hear non of it and will put into place legislation to right the wrongs despite the pleas that 2 wrong turns make a horrible franchise ......

      simphiwe.b.erasmus - 2012-11-07 15:26

      Ok now how will that solve the problem!! Ha?? Isn't that what's happening to the children of AWB,NP,KP,Orania,Broederbond!? Its clear you don't like what's happening! I also don't but why say it shld happen for generations to come! Ag don't be stupid man! Don't act as if you didn't get proper education! Genadetjie tog man!!!

  • diewitbaas.seplathand - 2012-11-07 07:25

    @khethu, I firmly believe somewhere out there, are a few metal rounds with your family's names on. Go FK yourself, you piece of dogdung. You are definitely one of the 45 million lazy black FKs in SA that need the WITBAAS to breathe for you

      simphiwe.b.erasmus - 2012-11-07 13:26

      Racism and hatred doesn't solve the problem!! It NEVER did and NEVER wil! Kalmeer net!

      sakhile.gamede - 2012-11-07 17:53

      Than a stupid man like you@diewitbaas,comment,no wonder why are black people still voting for the ANC even though its killing them...educate urself maybe u'l do better,cz if you knew better u'l do better.capich'?

  • heinrich.swart.3 - 2012-11-07 07:26

    The gunmen who fired at the DA at nkandla was caught with 2 firearms. The charge:-firing a weapon at a public gathering. Why the double standards now with attempted murder?

  • sbacosta - 2012-11-07 07:28

    Free the farmer, arrest the lazy workers....

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-11-07 20:10

      @sakhile.gamede: Denial is worse.

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-07 07:33

    I will also shoot to protect my property. It is my constitutional right to protect what is mine.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-11-07 08:53

      The problem is proving it. Luckily Zuma's African way clearly shows what happens once these "fine law abiding citizens" (tong in cheek) gets onto your property. Chances are you and your family will be dead. This thing that the law allows criminals like these to come right up to your face and you are not allowed to do anything about is RUBISH!

      simphiwe.b.erasmus - 2012-11-07 15:17

      Isit your right to shoot unarmed people?? If you say yes!! Then you justify the raping and murder of innocent people!! THINK!!!!

  • pako.kaotsane - 2012-11-07 07:36

    That farmer is arrested for attempted murder and it is good to hear that. The very same incident of attempted murder happened here in Sishen Mine where general manager Andrew Loots by his instructions assaulted workers and attempted to kill 1 of them. A case was open against the company(Loots) but to my surprise is that no one has been arrested so far. That simply shows that Loots is above law around Kathu in NC. This capitalists will get away with it because our government is not doing anything about this situations.

      pws69 - 2012-11-07 08:00

      What is your opinion of the ANC supporter firing his UNLICENSED weapon WITHOUT provocation when the DA leadership delegation tried to LEGALLY go to Nkandla? In that instance the guy was only charged with discharging a weapon and possession of an illegal weapon, and not attempted murder. One rule for the ANC and another for the rest of us perhaps?

  • piet.snot.77964 - 2012-11-07 08:01

    Maybe just maybe it was an accidential discharge - the man being confronted by thousands was surly rather afraid and nervous and that is when ADs happen.

  • clive.kihn - 2012-11-07 08:08

    Quite right to arrest this farmer, but not a single "protester" arrested (as I understand) despite the arson, looting, violence and wanton destruction ...? Given that that there was no advance indication of strike action, and the fact that there are no coherent demands, of course this is all politics, driven by a desperate ANC in the W Cape. Given the nonsense spouted over alleged wages at Marikana, perhaps the R60-70 per day figure being bandied about should be taken with a pinch of salt, but should it turn out to be even roughly accurate, then there is clearly reason for grievances. That said, there is NEVER any justification for criminal activity, including shutting down the country's main highway. Those idiots who set crops on fire will no doubt complain when there is no work for them at harvest time.

  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-11-07 08:31

    Think the message is clear. If you are a mob and burn, rape and kill it is fine and the cops won't even stop you (unless you kill a few of them first) but for the cops it is easier to go after law abiding citizens who are trying to protect their livelihood and families. Why anyone would still want to farm in this Godforsaken country is beyond me. Why feed a nation when that nation just wants to kill you and your family and take what you have worked for, what your family has worked for? It makes no sense. Apartheid was wrong to have been made law but can anyone remember the reasons why it was implemented?

      carol.brand.5030 - 2012-11-07 11:21

      how about we all make a donation for the farmer's costs if this farce continues? and they actually take this to court??? I am in. Anyone Else?

      simphiwe.b.erasmus - 2012-11-07 12:56

      Ai tog!! If you pay people less than what the law says, you are a law braking citizen! A farmer works with a team! Never alone!! How many farmers pay white managers far more than their equal coloured and black farmers TODAY both have the same qualifications and sometimes the coloureds and blacks have more experience that the white manager/supervisor yet farmers have the audesity to pay them less than half of what a white manager get!! How fair is that!!!!?? Don't even talk about apartheid or try to justify that Satanic law! NO MAN IS MORE IMPOrTANT OR MORE VALUEBLE THAN THE OTHER!!!! Don't mis understand me I'm not justifying the burning of vineyards its not correct and wrong to do so but pls undertand the peoples frustration!! Go to the negotiation table!!!

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-11-07 19:32

      @ Simphiwe: If I don’t like where I work I don’t burn or kill anything. I move. More than 50% (some estimate 60%) of all land is in black hands. If the workers are unhappy why don’t they go work for a black farmer? Think and unarmed mob of barbarians can’t or won’t kill and rape? I will support the farmer against this criminal state. Some more bad news. Apartheid is a natural state of being. They just made a foolish move by making it law. Tell me Simphiwe if apartheid wasn’t made law, what would be your excuse then? I like the way you call it “satanic” as if what is happening today is bliss. All I can say is it wasn’t like this before. I like the way cANCers swing everything to suite them but blissfully forget or ignore facts. Everything the cANCers do is killing this country. The people who keep this country afloat are being held for ransom, left defenceless for the criminals while the cANCers stand by, breed a charity state and steal what they can. cANCer don’t negotiate, they bully, intimidate, force, extort, rob, kill and steal. I wish things would just move to a point while I’m still able.

  • gert.swart.393 - 2012-11-07 08:35

    Why destroy vineyards?

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-11-07 08:47

      Cause the grapes are evil and white maybe?

  • Moi - 2012-11-07 09:07

    "Over 30ha of vineyards were destroyed in the protest" Seriously, if that was my farm land being destroyed, I think I would also have pulled a gun out. Not only is it his hard earned money being destroyed, it also means no money for wages. So these farm workers are actually making it harder for themselves.

  • roger.plaatjies.79 - 2012-11-07 09:34

    If someone come on my premmises to destroy my propity I will shoot to kill to protect what's mine, God put me incharge of my family to love and protect.

      simphiwe.b.erasmus - 2012-11-07 12:23

      The very same God asks no COMANDS you as landlord to treat your workers fairly without opressing them!! He is the maker of the poor man and the rich man!! This God is against capitalsm! You said it youself - go LOVE the people who work for you! Listen to them and go to the negotiation table!! Don't shoot them!! Ag nee man word groot!!!

      roger.plaatjies.79 - 2012-11-08 01:52

      You are right Simpiwhe, I'm not a farmer or farm worker, I respect all people, we were taught to finish school, get education

  • Hein Van Wyk - 2012-11-07 09:54

    fire 70% of you workers (pun intended) and machines you farm

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-07 09:59

    Tony Erhenreich is apathetic wannabbe politician with two salaries and all the perks you can get. What the hell does he know about workers being on their knees. How pathetic that people believe these clowns who profit handsomely from their positions and personally don't give a fig if others are on their knees or their backs.

  • flysouth - 2012-11-07 10:03

    The report here is useless since there is nothing told about why or in what circumstances the farmer started shooting. What is the point of reporting in this manner other than to cast aspersions?