Farmworker protest claims second victim

2012-11-18 15:48

Johannesburg - A second person has died following the farmworkers strike in the past week in the Western Cape, police said on Sunday.

Bongile Ndleni, 40, was found dead at his home on Saturday morning, Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut said.

"Indications are that he was shot on Wednesday on a farm in the Prince Alfred Hamlet area by individuals driving an LDV.

"He was admitted to hospital, but discharged on Friday evening," said Traut.

A murder case had been opened and investigations were underway. No arrests had been made yet.

On Wednesday, a stand-off between police and protesters resulted in the death of 28-year-old tractor driver Michael Daniels.

A farmer was also injured when he went to collect his bakkie close to the scene of the protests.

The 82-year-old was hospitalised after being hit on the arms and legs.

The farmworkers strike was suspended on Friday while wage negotiations were continuing.

The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) said should no agreement be reached, then farmworkers would go back on strike on December 4.

On Thursday, around 400 farmworkers marched to the Wolseley municipal offices to meet community leaders and the police, following unrest over wages.

Workers agreed to suspend the strike on condition that the sectoral determination for agriculture be looked at by the Employment Conditions Commission next week.

Protests about wages and living conditions started in De Doorns last week and had spread to 15 other towns in the Western Cape by Wednesday.

Farmworkers were calling for wages of R150 a day. Most earned between R69 and R75 a day.

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-11-18 15:57

    Are we being controlled by gangsters or what is going on!

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-18 16:08

    Are Fransman and Ehrenreich still in forefront of the agitation or calmly sitting back at V&A sipping cocktails

      rocky.bell.927 - 2012-11-18 18:18

      Those two jesters?????? they say in Afrikaans: meer bek as binnegoed. They posess the herd mentality. On their own they are worth less than .... of cold .... (you fill in the words.

  • lmphelasr.1 - 2012-11-18 16:16

    May his soul rest in peace.

  • Gary Purdon - 2012-11-18 16:17

    i agree Leonard! makes no sense whatsoever! i just laughed when i read it...

  • johann.enslin.9 - 2012-11-18 16:21

    Pay them R250 a day, stop feeding, transporting and housing them. Stop building schools on farm property. It will cost a hell of a lot less.

      frans.naude - 2012-11-18 23:42

      Someone with some sense!!! Thats how it should be done! Give them the increase, but then there will be no more hand outs or freebies!

  • des.palm - 2012-11-18 16:23

    82 years old !!!! What the hell was he doing in a protest.???

      Jaap - 2012-11-18 16:35

      Des, maybe you should read the article again, he is a farmer and went to collect his bakkie when protesters assaulted him.

      marnus.lamprecht - 2012-11-18 16:36

      Read carefully and collect all information before you judge the old man. The 82y man went to town to collect his bakkie and was subsequently attacked by the retarded group of he was like the majority of people that suffered losses a victim of the barbaric strikers.

      michael.heys.3 - 2012-11-18 16:37

      He wasn't a protester, he eas a farmer who went to fetch his bakkie close to where the protest action was. Read the aricle again.

      des.palm - 2012-11-19 06:56

      My humble apology to all and the gentleman and his family. I am so p*ssed off with all these unrest and crap going on that I did indeed assume he was one of the protester. Now I am even more de m*&%r in as it is one of our people.

  • Strikeback - 2012-11-18 16:27

    Sabelo, you are right. Let them strike for as long as they like. Maybe a week or two, a year, or forever. As long as they behave like civilised people. To strike does not mean to behave like idiots. Remember you are only as good as your worst behaviour. When you steal, murder some days and is a saint the next day, you are known as a thief or as a murderer. Employers shoul not be associated with strikers. Get rid of them now.

  • altusvanzyl - 2012-11-18 16:38

    Let that be a lesson

  • Hercules Leonardo Giorgino - 2012-11-18 17:32

    I don't believe for one second that these workers demands can't be met. It is really pathetic that they only get paid R75 a day. I would also be angry if I were exploited like these people.

  • Thembinkosi Ntlanganiso - 2012-11-18 18:01

    Just pay them that will solve the problem

      rocky.bell.927 - 2012-11-18 18:21

      It won't........believe you me. Time and space do not allow me to elaborate.

  • botesem - 2012-11-18 19:05

    He died after he was discharged from hospital so nobody can say it was because of the strike untill we see the autopsy report!it can be of anything!

  • sbarnard2 - 2012-11-18 20:18

    Give them an increase...its right..\r\nThen we charge them for electricity, water, housing, transport...then we don't give them loans, then we treat them according to the labour law aswell.. Sick notes, hearings etc etc...I hope aft deduction they will have pay left...I'm starting this rule as of 1 Dec...see how many resign or abide... The want to bring fire, I'll give them fire...

  • Karabo Phetoane - 2012-11-18 22:54

    I blame this on white farmers who are paying blacks and coloured peanuts for a 12 hour job everyday.

      frans.naude - 2012-11-18 23:47

      And they live for free on the farms, get food, electricity etc! Thats whats wrong with the " previously disadvantaged" you want and want and want! I say, screw it up, turn this into zim, maybe when they sit hungry, they will appreciate what they had! Give them the raise, but charge them for rent, electricity, food, all the luxuries they get for free now, then i want to see!!! Idiots!

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