Fires break out in De Doorns

2013-01-10 15:41

De Doorns - Smoke was billowing from several points along the N1 highway in De Doorns, Western Cape, where striking farmworkers clashed with police on Thursday.

It was not immediately clear who started the small fires, but a number of people at the scene said they were caused by police stun grenades.

Several police officers were stationed outside one farm where strikers allegedly broke a gate.

Armoured vehicles had been deployed to the N1 highway, with scores of riot police trying to defuse the situation.

The highway has been closed to traffic since the strike resumed on Wednesday.

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

Police fired rubber bullets in retaliation.

The Bawsi Agricultural Workers' Union of SA (Bawusa) claimed nine people had been injured by rubber bullets since 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 6000 workers were on strike in De Doorns. Protests were also taking place in Grabouw and Wolseley.

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 they want a "coherent" land reform programme.

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

Strikers had also allegedly set fire to several farms.

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

  • mike.down.5492 - 2013-01-10 15:46

    Things are getting way out of hand.

      colin.dovey - 2013-01-10 17:49

      The instigators, Fransman and Ehrenreich, should be arrested for incitement - but of course, they won't be will they?

      fred.murgatroyd - 2013-01-10 18:44

      Glad to see that an ANC leader who was obviously inciting the crowds got hurt. We need more of this toshow them that inciting civil violence is not the way to go. Naturally the real leaders were nowhere to be seen.

      nico.dejongh.90 - 2013-01-10 20:59

      Thanks to loudspeaker Malema with the exact motives and plans of the ANC where Africa for Africans with anti-boer hatred to destabilize the Western Cape are still 'on course'.

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2013-01-10 15:49

    Everyone with a stone in his hand should be arrested, as well as people bussed in.

  • richard.lemmer1 - 2013-01-10 15:51

    Let me try all this s&$()t and what will happen to me ??? Shoot the bastards !!!! this is the only way this will ever stop ....

  • SarelJBotha - 2013-01-10 15:51

    Enough is enough....they need to be forced into submission by the police, even if it means shooting them. These people surely cannot have more rights than anyone else and they are economic terrorists at best.

  • tilly.vanoudtshoorn - 2013-01-10 15:55

    How does one justify destruction if you're unhappy about something? If you don't like what you have, get or got, move to where you will get what you're looking for. Is there an X missing somewhere? It seems to be in their nature to demand, destroy and then demand again that what they've destroyed. Makes no sense to me!

  • abner.malema - 2013-01-10 15:56

    Pay them a living wage, Farmers are making a lot of money. A little to u workers will make them happy and productions will increase

      Zohan.Steppingstone - 2013-01-10 16:06

      Employers should offer to lower their wages and link the bulk of their earnings to an incentive/performance based system. Then make them pay market related rates for their housing if it's on employers property. Make them pay for basic services and deduct medical aid and pension from their basic pay. Let them pay for transport to and from work, and register each and every one of them with SARS. That should take care of it.

      theo.schoeman.71 - 2013-01-10 16:17

      @abner.malema - Moral values and work ethic increase production, not increase in wages. These hooligans dont have that, they just proofed that during their strike action.... burning, looting, destroying - its bred into their genes

      Brian Dorning - 2013-01-10 16:26

      Sorry but i must correct you, farmers don't make a lot of money!

      tilly.vanoudtshoorn - 2013-01-10 16:40

      The first Miss SA after Mandela's release in 94 had the first black MC and he said: quote: "we don't only look for beauty but also for intelligency" Now I tell you @abner.malema you seem to have that "intelligency" Eish

      george.pito - 2013-01-10 19:56

      My friend the lot of money goes for taxes and back to them anyway. Dont you understand this

  • avremel.niselow - 2013-01-10 15:57

    What was the chairman of the local ANC doing there? Is he a striking worker?

      chris.debeer1 - 2013-01-10 16:06

      must be ANC not paying enough gravy train running dry??? Kill of your tax base Farmers Mines and Industry = NO more Gravy Train No more Grants to buy votes To F Dumb to see that Old Zumer???

  • Billy - 2013-01-10 16:00

    the farmers should strike and burn down the squatter camps, because they are unhappy. LOL!

  • robynne.els.1 - 2013-01-10 16:01

    You know it would seem that stupidity and ignorance are a growing epidemic in this country! Go toi toi at zuma's house as his party set the minimum wage you are so unhappy with you stupid thugs!

  • peter.fraser.92754 - 2013-01-10 16:04

    These thugs are laughing at the police .They know they can get away with "murder". The Prez and Min of Police are sitting in comfortable offices as they are not effected.They dont have the foggies idea as to what to do....they are NOT leaders. SO, shoot these violent thugs/so called strikers,at least there will be a few people making hundreds and thousands of rands at a de Doorns Commission.

  • customdesign - 2013-01-10 16:07

    Pat Marran was obviously shot because he was doing something wrong- this reeks of the ANC- they have been saying consistently they would make the province ungovernable. The works should be paid more, but the ANC should be held responsible for the violence- and not just there, but the whole country. Since they have come into power our crime rate has sky rocketed. What a disappointing leadership.

  • joe.smit.549 - 2013-01-10 16:07

    And stop using stun grenades. It's this flippin technology that is causing all the problems. Stick to old tried and trusted hand grenades.....

  • pieter.vanderwalt.739 - 2013-01-10 16:17

    All the police has to do is to round up some strikers, then ask for proof that they realy work on farms, that way they can get rid of all the paid strikers.

  • steven.m.armour - 2013-01-10 18:04

    Well lets go now,no more apartheid,what the hell is it now?I just wish all the prawns would just blerry vanish.As my American boss said to me one day"America has enough money to send half of them home or put them in the sea." Tired of this mess of a government.

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  • Peter Zylstra - 2013-01-10 19:01

    Since the plebs are setting farms on fire..... fight fire with fire and to hell with human rights!

  • zemarais - 2013-01-10 19:07

    You want more money, and just look ANC are going to have a big party in Durban nice 101 birthday party for ANC and just think there are money for a party but no money to help to paĆ½ the Workers more, they want them to get more money but dont help so just think they they have money for a party but not to help there people

  • Zeca.De.Oliveira - 2013-01-10 19:58

    Why is the ZANU-PF Youth League active in the strike action when they are not a South African political party ? They are clearly mobilising the workers to cause land grabs Zimbabwe style, and the Police and ANC allow it why??? ILLEGALS must be repatriated IMMIDIATLY ns SOUTH AFRICAN JOBS FOR SOUTH AFRICANS

      mathata.fela.7 - 2013-01-10 20:03

      Read the trilogy of the "ant and the grasshopper" then you will understand, they are all the same kind of human parasite be it ANC, ZANU-PF....the common denominator being African.

  • Mayandi Rwaaizin - 2013-01-10 20:36

    yes news24 the truth hurts...!!

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