Farmworkers torch journalist's car

2013-01-09 16:28

De Doorns - Protesting Western Cape farmworkers overturned and set fire to a journalist's car in De Doorns on Wednesday.

The car, which belonged to an employee of Independent Newspapers, was destroyed during a clash with police. No one was injured.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel André Traut said a police captain was injured when the strike resumed on Wednesday.

"It was not serious; he was treated and released."

Traut said 44 people were arrested during the day.

The N1 highway at De Doorns remained closed to traffic on Wednesday afternoon. Protesters blocked the road with rocks and threw stones at the police, who retaliated with rubber bullets.

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

Workers wanted wages of R150 a day and a coherent land reform programme.

At least two people were killed during protests in farming areas between 27 August and 4 December last year.

Porchia Adams, a spokeswoman for farmers' group Agri Wes-Cape, said 80% of permanently employed farmworkers in the fruit-growing area turned up for work on Wednesday.

She said most of those who failed to did not live on the farms. She claimed they had been coerced into staying away from work.

"They said they had been threatened that their houses would be burnt down if they went to work, so it was not worth the risk for them."

Adams said although the strike came at the worst time for fruit-growers, the organisation had an understanding for "people being unhappy".

"It is peak season, so we really cannot afford it. We hope this will be resolved soon."

  • dee.shabalala - 2013-01-09 16:32

    Smoke signal................

      TSR01 - 2013-01-09 16:55

      From COSATU. Didn't the Western Cape administration say last time that if the union tells the workers to strike, the union will be held liable for all damages? Put the journalist's car on the bill as well as all the crops, warehouses, equipment, etc. destroyed by these hooligans!

      marilyn.docherty.9 - 2013-01-09 17:20

      TSRO - The culprits should also be apprehended and charged with malicious damage to property as well as the union being made to pay damages!!!!

  • eric.viljoen - 2013-01-09 16:33

    And how does that serve their purpose at all?

      amanda.khumalo.1291 - 2013-01-09 17:18

      unfortunately there is no cure for stupidity. some may say education maybe? no it takes some hard work to study so they are not interested either, they just want more money just like that

  • peter.horn.3576 - 2013-01-09 16:33

    Send them all to Groenpunt and encourage the torching of the facility.. These idiot strikers must have been last in line when brains and common sense was given out.. the got nothing!

      nav.chan.5 - 2013-01-09 17:36

      Then Peter take their place and pick grapes for less than R150 per day. They're not claiming to be holders of Phd's etc. - they just want a living wage and don't think for a minute that farmers were unaware of this problem YEARS back!

  • snap.crackleandpop.3 - 2013-01-09 16:35

    The plot thickens.

      Wikus Erasmus - 2013-01-09 16:39

      The plot sickens...

      joe.smit.549 - 2013-01-09 16:43

      The thick are plotting...

      TSR01 - 2013-01-09 16:52

      lol, well said, joe.smit.549!! I had a good laugh when I read your comment :P

      marilyn.docherty.9 - 2013-01-09 17:23

      The plot does thicken - Remember it was said they "would make the Western Cape ungovernable"!!!!!!!

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-01-09 21:31

      And it's the only political promise they've ever tried to keep!

  • Wikus Erasmus - 2013-01-09 16:36

    Daar kom die Marikana, die Marikana die kom oor die see....

      thanuj.thulsie - 2013-01-09 16:42

      agree,and when the farms shut down like the mines and they all sit like headless chickens outside wondering but eish why the farm is closed and ni work for us.they dont think further than their noses

      Billy - 2013-01-09 17:07

      the problem is thanuj, the farmworkers are all at work. except those that are terrorised into staying hom. these are not farm workers protesting, they are terrorists. they should be dealt with as terrorists.

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2013-01-09 16:36

    cosatu must be sued for the damages of the car and the money must come out of tony's pocket for a brand new car for the journalist.

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2013-01-09 16:39

    They burning...and Saturday the ANC is having their 101 party.....see THEY don't CARE.........FOOLS

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-01-09 16:57

      If the ANC cancelled the party and gave the money to the farmworkers - problem solved! Yeah, right.

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2013-01-09 17:23

      Tevor Party on Saturday hasbeen cancelled Some idiots burnt all of the fruit

      nav.chan.5 - 2013-01-09 17:35

      Do you really think this is about purely money? I mean really, all the politicking in all its formats - DA, ANC, COPE etc. - do you think if they stopped spending, this all will stop. I think as a nation we've forgotten what it means to be a citizen of the country of South Africa. I read these comments and see and feel such toxic madness at play in shooting us ALL in the foot in trying to succeed. The most important is NOT to bite this media carrot of sensationalizing EVERY aspect of contention in the country. Of course the farmers saw and knew about this problem YEARS back - now, if they are smart, they can come up with a quick resolution.

      kent.paulsen.79 - 2013-01-09 18:00

      @ nav.chan.5. What did you study in America that made you soo dumb, I need to avoid that degree?

  • bongani.nsele.58 - 2013-01-09 16:40

    there shouldn't be people called farmworkers...these people should be farmers themselves in their own right...this notion of humans working for one so called commercial entrepreneur calling himself a farmer should be abolished in this country

      mofstok - 2013-01-09 16:42

      Guess what buddy? Real life don't work that way. There will always be a boss and a subordinate. Get used to it.

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2013-01-09 16:49

      every man (person) under his (her) tree watching the goats and corn???? Then off to market, and when you return the tree has been cut down for kindling and the corn has been stolen. You want primitive, go north, there is more and more opportunity for that in places like South Sudan, Somalia and even Kenya.

      Jaap - 2013-01-09 16:49

      Bongani, You are of course correct, the famers must mechanise and get rid of the so called people (humans) you are talking about. Without these entrepreneurs you and the likes of the violent instigators will sit in the sun and beg food from the hated west like Zimbabwe and the majority of Africa.

      penny.elliott.988 - 2013-01-09 16:50

      Do your research and see how well it has worked on farms that have been given over to the workers......

      eyesears.handsfeet - 2013-01-09 16:51

      bongani, if the workers should be farmers, then they must also share in in losses of the farm and carry that debt.

      oistar.tutu.9 - 2013-01-09 16:51

      Hey! And there should be no check-out tellers either. They must own the Checkers instead. Black logic

      Erna - 2013-01-09 16:52

      I also want to be a boss. Unfortunately not everyone can be one. Therefore some of us are office, bank, farm workers!

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2013-01-09 16:54

      I suppose you are a one man farmer how many people do you feed. Or a entrepreneur who is feeding of people who work for a boss.

      Akash - 2013-01-09 16:56

      Bongani, please elaborate. There will always be bosses, subordinates, enterpreuners and salary earners. All we ask for is fair treatment and fair wages.

      bongani.nsele.58 - 2013-01-09 17:08

      some of you here think that the european left europe to come here so he can grow food to feed the hungry natives not true, not natural

      Billy - 2013-01-09 17:12

      yes ok bongani, modern civilisation has gone through this already. eventually you end up with commercial farming. you must catch up or be left behind.

      bongani.nsele.58 - 2013-01-09 17:16

      i am simple saying can we sustain this model of a few rich individuals owning large chunks of land and free to do or not to do whatever they want in their land....can this state of affairs last without exploding in our faces

      Akash - 2013-01-09 17:18

      Bongani, do you buy food items from shops or grow everything yourself? From your comments, I assume the latter.

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2013-01-09 17:27

      bONGANI The dwang hit the fan long ago and you had your face right there and it has infected your brain.

      chris.debeer1 - 2013-01-09 17:29

      You are one of the baasTerds screwing up this country Bobegani!! or shal i say jane

      bongani.nsele.58 - 2013-01-09 17:30

      yes i do have a small holding and yes i grow my own food i buy little from commercial shops and ofcourse i sell the surplus to my nich market

      nav.chan.5 - 2013-01-09 17:32

      Let's not go that far ... as there are specific skills required in farming. Even being educated, it doesn't pre-dispose you to having a green thumb - that's the bottom line here. In regards to the solution with this issue right now, farmers (if they are smart), they will wake up and step up to the plate pro-actively in coming to a resolution here. And farm workers won't be used a political pawns to serve some twisted agenda.

      FeebleGastro - 2013-01-09 17:35

      Pie in the sky Bongani, pie in the sky. Your "system", especially in the modern world, DOES NOT WORK. If you can, go figure out why.

      bongani.nsele.58 - 2013-01-09 18:02

      look at India with a huge population like that and small scale farmers..very small i must add produce surplus food to feed over a billion and millions more are employed in farming and farming skills are retained amonggst the population and not to be an exclusive of one commercial farmer and that is no way to grow the economy....some individuals think they are in this world to feed others...not natural each man / woman must stand for is very simple

      mercia.lamprecht.73 - 2013-01-09 21:36

      You better start planting then my friend. Look at your plate the next time you eat. Everything on that plate comes from a farmer somewhere. Clearly your common sense is still on holiday somewhere, far away.

      bongani.nsele.58 - 2013-01-09 22:48

      you obviously don't read what i wrote above..trouble with you europeans is that you think your worldview is universal or is the standard...sheer arrogance...the world is not european wake up...

  • chris.buchner.12 - 2013-01-09 16:41

    Time to break out the live ammunition they are using lethal means to fight the police should too!

  • corrie.botha.7 - 2013-01-09 16:43

    Ek se nog die is betaalde mense nie plaaswerkers nie sue cosatu dis hulle wat die land opneuk

  • heathway.master - 2013-01-09 16:43

    Very sad and troubling that wage protests so often deteriorate into violence, injury, and destruction and burning of property. The Government should bring out legislation making it illegal for workers to demonstrate, and allow only peaceful and controlled negotiations to take place between unions and employee representatives. I realise that a comment will be that the constitution allows strikes and the right to public gathering and protests. The Constitution does however state that such demonstrations must be peaceful with all strikers behaving in a peaceful, controlled and civilized manner. The Constitution also allows for extraordinary measures to be applied, if all conditions of striking are not met, according to the requirements of the Constitution.

  • nuus.reeder - 2013-01-09 16:44

    And so, as every day goes past, my respect for this lot diminishes and diminishes ... not a peep from the ANC leadership, wonder why?

  • vince.hobs - 2013-01-09 16:44

    Hehee,so dronk and dom soos n plaaswerker in die weskaap

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2013-01-09 16:49

      Sound like you are one of Tony's just want to add fuel to the situation. You are so stupid!

  • rollingstone.kanyane - 2013-01-09 16:45

    COSATU to please pay the damages case closed

  • abdul.cassiem.9 - 2013-01-09 16:46

    Indepentant newspaper send the bill to Tony he started this k....k let he pay for it

  • abdul.cassiem.9 - 2013-01-09 16:46

    Indepentant newspaper send the bill to Tony he started this k....k let he pay for it

  • paul.vanvuuren.927 - 2013-01-09 16:47

    Make the union pay for all damages incurred

  • Shane Kelly - 2013-01-09 16:52

    acting like a bunch of Morons again let tony have the bill for all damaged property.

  • bhekisd - 2013-01-09 16:52

    How does one create job opportunities in an environment like this? What happened to discussing issues peacefully? Can't help wondering where these people will be working when the people whose assets they are busy damaging decide to explore other opportunities. Business owners risk their assets, sacrifice family time building businesses and creating much needed job opportunities only to watch their investments crumble due to this sense of entitlement that most of us South Africans have. Shame on us.

  • makhosonke.mqikela - 2013-01-09 16:53

    FARMWORKERS: Winning or not, brace yourselves with the farm functioning at full capacity with less and less workforce in the coming weeks. CONSUMERS: Brace yourselves with higher and higher food prices with less and less for other expenditures.Or am I dreaming?

      mofstok - 2013-01-09 16:55

      I think you are spot-on.

      nav.chan.5 - 2013-01-09 17:28

      I do believe you're way off! The issue will be resolved rapidly as the "Lonmin fear" will ensure there is a resolution put into place.

      nico.dejongh.90 - 2013-01-09 17:51

      More robots who does not strike plus the bonus, no salaries. Eina.

      morne.lamont.7 - 2013-01-09 18:02

      100% CORRECT The issue is also that more and more farmers are going to go for mechanised farming methods and that is going to leave people with out jobs .

      nico.dejongh.90 - 2013-01-09 18:20

      More robots who does not go on strike plus the bonus of no salaries.How else for the world to control human behavior of destruction.

  • williamjoseph.roberts - 2013-01-09 16:55

    Typical when we strike we must always be violent,why,why..........

  • maokeng.mankge - 2013-01-09 16:57

    Riah are`nt u gonna send your force again like you did at Marikana Bi#€»..

  • elspeth.hassall - 2013-01-09 16:59

    To me, the burning (pun intended)is, are these people ALL employed farmworkers or are the temporary workers seeking employment or are they part of a "rent a crowd to make the W.Cape ungouvenable"?

      elspeth.hassall - 2013-01-10 14:47

      Your spelling is SHOCKING!!!!

  • HopeBrian - 2013-01-09 17:00

    I hope Independent Newspapers are going to buy him a new car and equipment?

  • Shoni Rajah Mbedzi - 2013-01-09 17:05

    guys i can see that u are striking but if u dont burn house of one farmer they cant hear you

      morne.lamont.7 - 2013-01-09 17:13


      gerald.parker.3956 - 2013-01-09 17:29

      Hey Werkkas the farmers name is SHONI RAJAH MBEDZI

      chris.debeer1 - 2013-01-09 17:31

      Burn your bolls my booi!!!

  • esau.banyane - 2013-01-09 17:06

    this toi - toi culture shud com 2 an end. it is destroyin us, after all it was taken down by unions n toi - toi so it will die. this is the demise of what 1s was anc gov. n now gone

  • chris.devos.758 - 2013-01-09 17:08

    Motors van onskuldiges te brand en verwoes is mos nie regverdige optrede tydens wettige stakings nie. Dit is werklik HARTSEER situasie vir ons almal en dan meer spesifiek vir die land se beeld.....wie sal in so 'n land van WETTELOOSHEID wil investeer of kom bly!!STOP DIT NOU MENEER REGERING OF ANDERS GAAN DIT DIE VOORSMAKIE WEES VIR DIE RES VAN DIE JAAR SE SALARISONDERHANDELINGE.Iemand moet kan besluit tot hiertoe en nie verder!!!

      raymond.fourie.90 - 2013-01-09 17:22

      chris hier is n duiwelse gees los in hierdie land,en die ding het die anc in sy greep en al die piesangs wat die anc aanhang.op die trant lê daar nog baie moeilikheid vorentoe.satan is soos bulldog as hy byt vergeet hy om weer te los.

  • SarelJBotha - 2013-01-09 17:12

    These people needs sjamboks to be used on them and the full force of the law to be applied as well. Economic terrorists like these should get no pity from anyone.

      nav.chan.5 - 2013-01-09 17:27

      Does that include the farmers? If so, I'm all with you! Because guess what, they saw this issue and insisted on turning a blind eye!

      chris.debeer1 - 2013-01-09 17:33

      Nav as always you guys want everything for free get of your dark ass and work for it!!! o by the way get of the bosse's computer!!

  • raymond.fourie.90 - 2013-01-09 17:13

    penny elliot i don't have to do research.the facts stand out like a sore in mpumalanga,komatipoort/malelane area,in the hazyview area there are farms that had international recognition laying wasted ruined nil and void farms that were GIVEN to the workers.they did not buy or work for it no it was given on a silver you do someresearch.

  • Shoni Rajah Mbedzi - 2013-01-09 17:15

    ANC knows whats happening but they cant help u guys who are striking bcz they are busy planing 2b wealthy by looking 4 the position in the government

  • nav.chan.5 - 2013-01-09 17:25

    You know what is truly amazing here and with the rampant toxic comments made, is how sympathetic we are as a general nation in this digital arena (which I might add is terribly limited at best), to see our country fail! I mean really now, this is what you're going to impart to your children and grand-children? Then there's the - what can we do? Well how about looking at the situation holistically? You don't think the farmers saw this problem from a mile away? How many of you running your mouths here want to work in the elements for less than a R150 a day? Amazingly the farmers will tell you that their overhead is limited due to the exorbitant worker base and the demands for higher pay but with consideration and their focus EXCLUSIVELY on the International markets and the depreciation of the Rand - who is really making money here - hmmmm, oh yes, the farmers! Don't believe me - why has the quality of the produce offered in all the groceries chain "magically" improved? Now throw in the politics - and lo and behold the DA and the ANC has become the focus than the TRUE issue at hand which is a living wage and better working conditions. And anyone who feels otherwise, then go and pick grapes on those "charming" estates and solve the problem. This will NOT blow over unless the farmers and their reps step up to the plate and solve this pro-actively. The same occurred with Lonmin mines, their executives KNEW they were exploiting people and did so with sheer abandon!

      FeebleGastro - 2013-01-09 17:39

      The market will dictate, chan. Otherwise it won't work, and all your upside down theories will come to nothing.

      chris.debeer1 - 2013-01-09 17:54

      Do you know how many people will be more than happy to work for a living?? not just steal our tax money like you??

  • dick.etheridge - 2013-01-09 17:28

    "Liberation before Education." The Classes of 1977-1987 are reaping the bitter fruits of ANC propaganda! Karma's a bitch!

      dick.etheridge - 2013-01-09 17:32

      There's a message in there for Costatu and associates as well!

  • natoe.matoe - 2013-01-09 17:36

    Why are the workers in south africa so useless that they cant fight their own battles like everyone of us.What right do these unions have to exist.FFS grow up - its called life!

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2013-01-09 17:37

    Striking should be banned altogether in this country,,cause there is no such thing as a peaceful strike here. Arrest them all for inticing violence, damage to property, intimidation, illegal gatherings etc.. 10 years minimum. Problem solved.

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2013-01-09 17:42

    I support the farm workers . A man dies after he and his paid R19k deposit and finds that they were double booked and the first thing the stinking racists ask on their comment is how can he afford it . Meaning according to them black people must not afford anything because their apartheid system taught them to make sure no black person mustn't be paid to afford anything . Let the strike intensify and affect all sectors of the economy to make Zimbabwe look like a picnic . There's nothing to lose !

      natoe.matoe - 2013-01-09 17:58

      Because proffessional people cant even afford to spend 19k on a holiday so how can a driving instructor.Have you heard of common sense,nothing to do with race idiot

  • clive.kihn - 2013-01-09 17:43

    Instead of sending troops to the basket-case CAR, why doesn't our clueless president attend to matters at home first. Closing the country's main highway amounts to economic sabotage and those responsible need to be removed from the scene of the crime by any means possible.

  • liezl.haramis.7 - 2013-01-09 17:56

    Ray, you are probably the dumbest person walking this earth!!! The morons earning nothing, deserve nothing and are worth even less!!! If some of you poor apartheid people dont get it for free, you have f all!!! Give them 150 today and tomorrow they dance for 200!! You idiots burnt your books snd schools when you were suppose to study!

  • wonderboy.ngubeni - 2013-01-09 19:19

    Dubula dubula skiet.

  • Zakes Masondo - 2013-01-09 22:41

    shame I feel sorry for farm workers, this is very unfair to them. anyway all I can say is United we stand divided we beg combrades, let the strugle continue, these pigs must pay, period!!! ALUTA CONTINUA

  • bongani.masuku.3367 - 2013-01-10 09:06

    farmers must give these worker what is due for them cause this is not helping! Or ANC will intervine in this matter once they all have Matric or they want dis to turn to Marikani

  • Johan Strauss - 2013-01-10 23:14

    there are some people here that talk absolute crap and know nothing. i know farmworkers that are more fortunate than me by living in a house for R12 a day with free elec and water, the farmer even installed dstv and a tv for every household free of charge, they get food every friday and are taken to town again free of charge. yes let those fortunate strikers burn and destroy everything, just to be without a job next week because the farmer lost everything and cannot afford them anymore, all these people that lives in a city, run a farm for a week and try to make money(if the farmer cannot export then nobody gets pay)

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