Farmworker clashes continue

2013-01-10 14:40

De Doorns - Rubber bullets were fired on Thursday during on-going clashes between police and striking farmworkers in De Doorns, in the Western Cape.

Thousands of protesting workers taunted the police, pelting them with rocks.

The Bawsi Agricultural Workers' Union of SA (Bawusa) claimed nine people had been injured by rubber bullets since the strike resumed on Wednesday.

"Pat Marran, the ANC Boland chairperson, was taken to hospital after being shot by private security," said Bawusa general secretary Nosey Pieterse.

Pieterse said close to 6 000 workers were on strike in De Doorns. Protests were also taking place in Grabouw and Wolseley.

The N1 highway at De Doorns was still closed to traffic on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut said 44 people had been arrested.

Workers went on strike last year, demanding that their daily wages be increased from R69 to R150, and a coherent land reform programme.

At least two people were killed in protests between August 27 and December 4.

The strike was suspended following an undertaking that negotiations would continue between workers' representatives and individual farmers, but this proved unsuccessful.

  • jono.qmann - 2013-01-10 14:46

    R69 a day is shocking but that is the minimum wage! so who's fault is this really??? but yet you still vote ANC! makes no sense! its like wiping before you poop?!

      John - 2013-01-10 15:01

      Still amazing to me how the ANC can be calling for the strike to continue but they made the minimum wage. So they started the whole problem then turn around and blame the farmer for obeying the law. I guess thats how the ANC work never take the blame for anything.

      TSR01 - 2013-01-10 15:16

      This part of the article is FISHY: '"Pat Marran, the ANC Boland chairperson, was taken to hospital after being shot by private security," said Bawusa general secretary Nosey Pieterse.' What is the ANC Boland chairperson doing there, and what led to them being shot by private security?? Maybe they are one of the instigators? I would love to know!!

      bongani.nsele.58 - 2013-01-10 15:44

      don't be silly jono.qmann...did the ANC negotiate alone? if you want the ANC to impose wage structures they can do that with pleasure...are you worried that the people of the western cape have come out of the slumber of the disease of illusion of inclusion in that part of this country...the DA man on 702 this morning put it starkly when he said he cares nothing for the farm workers

      darren.raath.5 - 2013-01-10 15:48

      fire the lot.lets see if we can get our unemployment rate up to 40%.

      lucy.bush.9231 - 2013-01-10 15:48

      bongani.nsele.58 -That is such BULLDUST and you know it...Your just like the rest of the ANC sheep, learn to think for yourself and stop telling lies...

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-01-10 16:09

      When all this is said and done I hope Mrs Zille is taking the ANC to court and sue them for millions

  • shaun.roos.9 - 2013-01-10 14:59

    Why does all the strikers smile on the photo's taken!? Thought the striking thing is serious business!!

      zebedi.spring - 2013-01-10 15:02

      Nah, it's all just a sing and dance, really. And maybe some free loot every now and then from the occasional pillage.

      Jaap - 2013-01-10 15:02

      Shaun, that is because they enjoy to destroy! Its fast becoming a very dangerous and expensive sport.

      johannekie - 2013-01-10 15:08

      They were driven there by the unions, they don't have the foggiest what the strike is about most likely. They're just happy they get payed to throw rocks, burn tires and dance the whole day long without being prosecuted.

      johan.jacobs.5680 - 2013-01-10 15:32

      You throw a policeman with rock,he must reply with a live round of ammo.

      faizieishlah.shabalala - 2013-01-10 15:37

      Smiling revolting peasantry like to take photos

      lydia.benkenstein - 2013-01-10 21:58

      Have you not seen when these people toyi toyi, that they suddenly become more energetic when the cameras arrive. They just love being on TV.

  • patrick.m.vianello - 2013-01-10 15:00

    It's what communists love, they breath it and live for it - anarchy and chaos. It's in their evil genetic make up

      nuus.reeder - 2013-01-10 15:55

      Like the media - love it as well.

  • jj.jeno.1 - 2013-01-10 15:05

    People may not like this but the use of rubber bullets needs to stop. I still have the images of Andries Tatane's death in my head... Tear gas, batons are alright but as soon as you fire on people armed with what, sticks and stones, I believe a line is being crossed.

      nuus.reeder - 2013-01-10 15:22

      I guess you're one of those that believe sticks and stones can't break your bones?

      karl.vanrooyen - 2013-01-10 15:32

      7,62 ... Full metal jacket

      FeebleGastro - 2013-01-10 15:38

      Rules are for both sides. Violent strikes ask for rubber bullets, or even sharp point ammunition. The line has been crossed by the ANC, COSATU, Fransman, Ehrenreich and the "so-called" farm workers. They are criminally responsible for all reactions.

      ngcowley - 2013-01-10 15:42

      To be honest, they should be using real bullets. Throw a rock at the police, expect to get shot should be the message. A benevolent police force cannot police a savage society...

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-01-10 23:25

      I hear you JJ_D, but someone needs to explain to the mob that they're supposed to be striking i.e. withholding their labour, not rioting. They're not listening to words. What are the police's options? To stand back and allow wholesale anarchy and destruction of property and harm to members of the media?

  • ohbizz.chabata - 2013-01-10 15:06

    How do u guys think this should be resolved?

      martin.brink.965 - 2013-01-10 15:14, for just 1 workable idea.

      TSR01 - 2013-01-10 15:19

      Fire them. The ANC negotiated wages in 2010 for R69 a day, and suddenly everyone has this idea that they should get more than double that? Can I also get more than double my salary for no apparent reason? Farmworkers get housing, water, electricity, and basic groceries on top of their daily salary. Either this is plain greed or it is politically motivated.

      robert.meyer.967422 - 2013-01-11 13:01

      the government should raise the minimum wage, the ANC government

  • martin.brink.965 - 2013-01-10 15:07

    Crime pays government expenses, incl fatcat salaries, on a local,provincial and national level! That's the reason for no sustainable job creation projects been launched by gov, either DA or ANC, and could bne a contributing factor to this flaming pimple, filled with anger and frustration and going to get worse before getting better. There are thousands of people who care about our country, have designed and sometimes proven the value of their projects, like me, yet they are purposefully destroyed. Join community projects, make an effort. No gov authority gives a hoot about you or your kids safety or things would have been different long ago

  • gideon.walt - 2013-01-10 15:07

    What those farmers do for them and this is how they respond. Everyone is focussed on the monetary value, ya R69 is very little but what is the real wage they receive if you account for the farm school that the farmer built, many go to for free,free teachers, free housing, free food (i know many farmers who give livestock to their workers). During the year when its not reaping season how productive are these workers really....mamparras in the road, mamparras in the chair.

      Brian Dorning - 2013-01-10 15:13

      Mechanization is near taking with it 1000's of jobs.

      helizna - 2013-01-11 08:39

      Here's a breakdown on all that...

  • Jayson Wolhuter - 2013-01-10 15:10

    its starts with education. if they stayed in school they would have earned a better wage, even as farmworkers. but they chose to leave school and rather spend their time smoking and drinking. This goes for black and white kids. Why do white households on average earn 6 times more? Because 6 times more white kids finish school. ANC start looking after your youth, and by that i dont mean JuJu!!

  • bloubul.forlife.9 - 2013-01-10 15:15

    Pat Marran....know him personally. He started labour broking, which Cosatu hate so much, in the hexvalley. If I could tell you what I know about this guy....

      Brian Dorning - 2013-01-10 15:24

      You should!

      Stephen - 2013-01-10 15:25

      So here is the forum...........spill the beans. Enlighten us

  • theo.joubert.37 - 2013-01-10 15:16

    I did not know that the Pat Marran, the ANC Boland chairperson also had a second job as a farm worker. Or am I wrong and was he there to encourage these violent protests? Is this not proof that the ANC is trying to render the western cape ungovernable? Just thought I would ask.

      bloubul.forlife.9 - 2013-01-10 15:25

      O no, Pat Marran is a labour broker, who makes a profit out of these striking workers. So if they earn more, he earns more. Go check out his facebook and you will see how he and his mates feels about whites and white farmers. He actually started labour broking in the valley, the farmers pay him R80 and he then pays the workers R69 and many a times nuch less. They should be striking against him. And the funny thing, Tony (Cosatu) and he are big where does the fact that Cosatu hate labour brokers fit in then? Old Mr Marran.....biggest racist you will ever find.

      theo.joubert.37 - 2013-01-10 15:40

      I believe you. But then news24 has it wrong again, since they reported him to be the ANC Boland Chairperson that was wounded. One should think that they would confirm the facts before publishing.

      theo.joubert.37 - 2013-01-10 15:44

      If that is the case, these farmworkers should in fact burn down and destroy his property and not the farms. Do not get me wrong I do not condone violence or destruction of property at all. But there anger is clearly against the wrong party.

  • Brian Dorning - 2013-01-10 15:17

    Land reform program? Government is the largest owner of land in SA! Why not give them that land??? Oh wait, they don't want undeveloped land, they want productive farm land that has taken generations to establish. Its ridiculous! They just want want want, and non of them wants to earn it for themselves!!!

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  • kim.bezuidenhout - 2013-01-10 15:26

    What a load of crap. If they had guns they would shoot. If they had pangas they would slice and dice anyone who got in their way. What are they doing with sticks and stones anyway and with tractors on the highway? They are a bunch of hooligans. What happened to peaceful protests? There is NO REASON to be violent. Our police are here to protect us and themselves - should they go into the field with sticks and stones and hope the elements don't arrive with guns ? Seriously !!!

  • JOHNY63 - 2013-01-10 15:33

    These people are so misguided. It is a question of education. I doubt if only 10% of them have Grade 5. They cannot think for themself.

  • amanda.matthews.14811 - 2013-01-10 15:39

    Just seen the latest scenes in De Doorns, these thugs have taken conrol of a construction vehicle, packed to capacity and are driving it to who knows where. e news now reports that the news reporters and camermen have been asked to leave the area. Hopefully now that there are no cameras around the Police can donder them properly.

  • Politbiero - 2013-01-10 15:39

    OK, so in the tiny village of De Doorns 6000 workers are on strike. In the meantime the work on the farms actually gets done, because 90% of permanent farm workers pitch for work. So where do these 6000 workers normally work when not on strike?

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-01-10 23:33

      Damned if I know!

  • renard.souza - 2013-01-10 15:39

    Marikana vol2 here we come all we need now is a trigger happy cop and a striker with a spear! Disaster all over again

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2013-01-10 15:40

    I hope Cosatu is paying these strikers more than the minimum farm wage. Throwing stones in the hot sun whole day may sound like fun but after a while it's just not lekker anymore.

  • richard.lemmer1 - 2013-01-10 15:40

    They do not want to be paid on contact base because they are not productive...... They are all going to be without work soon ,,,,

  • yolanda.bezuidenhoutfraser - 2013-01-10 15:44

    Letters was given to those who strike that they will be paid for their services to strike. The letter has the anc logo on it. No work no pay. I do pray the farmers makes their labour machanical. That way the union can employ them for all their dirty work.

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-01-10 23:35

      Has anyone seen this letter? I've heard of it, but not seen a copy. If this letter really exists (could the ANC really be THAT stupid?), it's dirty tricks of the most cynical kind.

  • bongani.nsele.58 - 2013-01-10 15:48

    the ANC made me do it......

  • schalk.w.visser - 2013-01-10 21:58

    And Pastoor Nosey still drives a personal number plate Mercedes! Pick your nose Nosey, you going to get it back in one or other way PASTOR!

  • helizna - 2013-01-11 07:56

    Ha! Hulle ry dan klippe met trekkers aan, se my kontakte in die Kaap...

  • helizna - 2013-01-11 08:35

    This is a letter from an actual Western cape fruit farmer...

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