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Killed farmworker was buying groceries

2012-11-15 10:37

Cape Town - Tractor driver Michael Daniels was walking to buy groceries in Wolseley when he was shot and killed, allegedly by Western Cape police, the Cape Times reported on Thursday.

The 28-year-old was shot in the chest and six others were wounded during a farmworkers' protest in the Boland town on Wednesday afternoon.

It was not clear whether police used live ammunition or rubber bullets.

Daniels's mother, Magdalena, said her son, a father and the sole breadwinner, was not part of the protest and had only walked with protesters towards the shops.

Farmworker Deon Conradie told the newspaper a senior police officer gave the order for officers to open fire.

Shot in the chest

"She said 'skiet die goed vrek' (shoot the things dead). We got frustrated with police and some protesters threw stones and swore at them," Conradie said.

He said the crowd ran when shots were fired.

"I looked back and saw Michael lying on the ground. He was shot in the chest. I lifted him up. We called the police. We poured water on his face, but he did not respond."

Daniels was declared dead at the Ceres Hospital.

Western Cape police confirmed to Sapa that a man had been killed as a result of police action and that at least five other people were injured during protests in Wolseley.

Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut said the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) would investigate.

Ipid spokesperson Moses Dlamini told Sapa an investigator was sent to the scene.

"I can confirm that one person was killed. However, we only have a report that three were injured.
An investigator is on his way to gather more details."

16 towns affected


Grape harvesters in the Hex River Valley protested for more than a week about their wages, demanding R150 a day. Most earned between R69 and R75 a day, with R80 being the highest and only offer from farmers so far.

Sixteen towns in the province were affected by the protest. Roads had been blocked, tyres burnt and property destroyed.

On Wednesday the labour department announced a two-week suspension of the strike, on condition that the Employment Condition Commission look at the sectoral determination for agriculture.

This meant the R70 a day minimum wage for farmworkers would be cancelled and renegotiated.

The Congress of SA Trade Unions assured the department that workers had been consulted on the agreement and would abide by it, and not resort to violence and vandalism.

Comments
  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-11-15 10:40

    Oh bulls**t!! was just walking with the protesters to buy some bread....!

      john.kirkwood.9619 - 2012-11-15 10:46

      ja for sure, why place yourself in that danger if you are not part of the protest, when will these people learn that the police will shoot if threatened

      michael.horton.566790 - 2012-11-15 10:56

      I agree... ! Utter BS!!! I think this family is looking for compensation from the government... I don't understand them... If they are not happy with their wages, then why still work for these farmers? There are a lot of other people out there that would be very grateful to earn that R70 a day. I agree that it is very little, but still. It's a job.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-11-15 11:00

      So the police van rolled over on its own... So the guys buying groceries tried helping hte police roll it back over by throwing rocks at them? Ok, got it.

      silvia.vaneck2 - 2012-11-15 11:02

      I agree that this is BS! And I bet you all the shops were closed!!!!

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-15 11:10

      If I've heard one, I've heard a thousand such lies.

      marius.a.visser - 2012-11-15 11:12

      Go and work on a "black owned" farm and see how much they will pay them...if anything! And as for "was just walking with the protesters to buy some bread" You gonna stick with that story???

      gavin.lott.9 - 2012-11-15 11:18

      Msika..you have no idea of what you are talking about!..these rebels are burning farms that they don't even work for..they are demanding more money of which (most probably) your anc came up with the price they get paid!..why not march on & burn the anc headquarters?..easier to blame the Boer eh!

      Claudia_Meads - 2012-11-15 11:23

      As with the Marikana insident - the strikers are responsible for his death.

      bradh.quaide - 2012-11-15 11:25

      Of course it's bs, who isn't going to protect and and lie for their laity, no one is going to confess that their boy is a trouble maker, it's only natural. I'd blame the police if it was my child and he got killed by a bullet from their guns, rubber or not. Now the media is just milking this. I feel sorry for his parents and family, no one should loose a child and father in this way. And what happened to using batons and shields like in the rest of the world? Firing rubber bullets seems to be the polices first choice when confronted by strikers.

      johann.fouche.50 - 2012-11-15 11:55

      Correction. Not "walking with the protesters to buy some bread". Rather "marching with the protestors and gangsters to take some bread and everything else..."

      clemens.kiessig - 2012-11-15 13:16

      had to walk...his unicorn ran off...

      peter.grant.1023611 - 2012-11-15 13:54

      @june.... Just went back thru the comments and could not find any one who called him black or anyone else for that matter. Only YOU raised his race as an issue. ALSO after marikana most of the "racist" whites you refer to supported the police and were slated for it. It seems you see what you want to. Remember othes can also read. Your hatred can make you look stupid

  • aniken.vader.31 - 2012-11-15 10:41

    welcome to anc-style policing

  • pieter.sakkie - 2012-11-15 10:55

    What did we learn today? Grocery shopping can be hazardous

  • MokoenaE - 2012-11-15 11:03

    Skiet die goed vrek??????????

      Sulette Behnke - 2012-11-15 11:09

      I don't blame the police, they work under immense stress and their lives are in danger with these strikes, vehicles get overturned , and together with police offices it gets set alight. They're putting in more hours as usual and are getting targeted and attacked for doing their job. Minimum wage is not their problem. You would also utter those words if you we're in the same position

      merven.halo - 2012-11-15 11:28

      Yes Mokoena, skiet die goed vrek. If you don't behave like a human you can not expect people to refer to you as human.

      pieter.pretorius.106 - 2012-11-15 12:10

      Is to criticize the police. If you and 5 of your buddies stand there and 300 dangerous angry people throw you with stone a threaten your life, what are you going to do? Make them tea?

  • Sulette Behnke - 2012-11-15 11:06

    Nice way of turning him into a victim ! Why would someone minding their business just be shot ? He probably had a brick or panga in his hand , screaming and jumping up and down off launching attack. Now that makes sense. And I'm sure the police are more capable than shooting the "only" guy that went to buy bread! Come on! Are you going to casually move trough a mob like this to go to the shop? I think not

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-15 11:06

    Every day in SA one walks to the shops casually to buy some veggies passing murdered and raped grandma's and farmers, de-genitalized kids, near naked zulu's brandishing 'skinned spears', burning police vans, and elephants traumatising pommies almost as badly as parasites attack the opposition in parliament, amongst a massive tsunami of broken bricks, stones and dodge overloaded ferrying buses and taxi's WITHOUT BLINKING AN EYELID. AND that while whistling Julius floyd / floyd julius all the way as you occasionally step over a dead miner or their good luck rabbit. this IS AFRICA after all. http://bit.ly/SqKAi3 Build our Future ZUMA EXPOSED - http://n24.cm/UFofU1 Wonder where those zuma "go to jail" tapes are?

  • stirrer.stirrer - 2012-11-15 11:07

    "was not part of the protest and had only walked with protesters towards the shops" Yeah right.

  • Ricardo.m.francisco - 2012-11-15 11:10

    The Police are out of control. Something needs to be done, there will come a time when people just wont give a damn about the police and police killings will spiral out of control due to anger caused by innocent deaths.

      mehluleli.majajini - 2012-11-15 11:21

      What should police do when threatened and their life in danger from stones and pangas? Should police hug the protesters? This people are not throwing balloons to this fathers and mothers of families but they are attempting to murder them. Tired of this get into the shoes of protesters when they kill our police themselves and leave some orphans here

      merven.halo - 2012-11-15 11:29

      And Ricardo just went full retard....

      waiszee.sing - 2012-11-15 11:51

      They have no proper leadership... i kinda miss the cowboy

  • Strikeback - 2012-11-15 11:15

    Emotions aside - no one should have been killed. It is just not OK. Control has to be taken back. The only way this can be done is to get rid of the instigators of violence. If Daniels wanted bread, and there were no violent striking workers accompanying him, he would have been at home now. The fact that some protesters got "frustrated with the Police and threw stones at them" did not help either. This was outright stupid and provocative. Get rid of the instigators for good and report them to Strikeback. www.strikeback.co.za

  • sb.prins1 - 2012-11-15 11:16

    R80 a day, that's not even my petrol I use a day to come to work. Unfortunately people that live in those areas have no other means and it filters down to generations and generations. Before you all go and blame the ANC, this has been going for as long as time, everywhere in the world.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-15 11:27

      Stanman, the ANC government set the wages. So who are we suppose to blame?.

      jaco.fourie.330 - 2012-11-15 11:33

      I agree with you! The farmer pick the workers up in town thats 20 km from town thus 80km a day thus R80 a day for free so they pay acualy R160 a they thats more than they want whats the problem?

      isabellameyer - 2012-11-15 11:46

      Stanman, what goes unsaid is that most of those farmworkers receive free housing, schooling, electricity, water, transport, food parcels. So the R80 a day is actually a lot more. I'm not saying there is not exploitation but at the same time, I also don't believe in spreading half truths. The other side to the coin is that other countries in the world, get the same work done with less than half of the labour force as their productivity is higher. Everyone is talking increase of wages, but no one is talking about being more productive for more money. Just think one should have all the facts.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-11-15 12:45

      isabellameyer. I just want to point out to you that the strike started with seasonal workers. They only work a part of the year on farms and mostly stay in townships where they get picked up every day. They do not have the same benefits than the permanent employed workers. Not saying it is too little or enough. Just needed to mention what I understood.

  • eugene.muller.7 - 2012-11-15 11:18

    Buying groceries or breaking shop windows?

      merven.halo - 2012-11-15 11:30

      Affirmative shopping maybe. Take without paying, all part of the entitlement mindset.

  • barry.savage.33 - 2012-11-15 11:20

    That is unfortunately what happens when your precious little boy act violently towards civilization and the people protecting it. If you throw rocks, etc. at the police with the intent to harm or kill them, expect that you could be harmed in cross fire. I feel sorry for the mother of the victim, but unfortunately NOTHING for the victim!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-15 11:24

    That's what you get when you burn and destroy. Going to buy bread? Come again.:"Skiet die goed vrek" Sure tell your lies, those buying your KFC will lap it up. It amazes me that Blade Nzimande isn't anywhere to be seen, or is he too short to be noticed?.

  • siphobongohead - 2012-11-15 11:25

    Only going to buy groceries. Total rubbish. If not, why was he in the area. Shoot the stone throwers

  • matthys.steyn.3 - 2012-11-15 11:30

    How can he buy groceries when the shop was closed (and burned to the ground by the protesters)? NEWS24 is lame. Their reporting blows!!!! Check your facts before reporting.

  • liz.rudy.3 - 2012-11-15 11:33

    Who in their right mind would "walk" with protesters during violent strikes?

  • matthys.steyn.3 - 2012-11-15 11:35

    How can he buy groceries when the shop was closed (and by the way burned to the ground by the protesters)? News24 blows. Get your facts right before reporting.

  • ilze.garner - 2012-11-15 11:41

    Ek verstaan nie ons mense nie. Ja, daar is geen maar geen verskoning vir misdaad nie. En geen nugterdenkende mens sal moord of enige ander misdaad goedpraat nie. Maar ons Moet ook nie dinge wat verkeerd is goedpraat nie. Wie van ons sal vir R70 per dag werk? Dit is nie reg dat boere wat miljoene verdien hul arbeiders so uitbyt nie.

      JanGrimbeek - 2012-11-15 12:48

      Hoeveel betaal jy jou huisbediende en tuinier ilze ???? Ek wonner maar net!

      Martin - 2012-11-15 14:25

      R70 is die minimum wage. Die seisoenwerkers wat hiervoor werk het gewoonlik nie n clue wat om te doen noe of is te lui om te werk. n boer sal indien n werker goed werk sommer vinnig vir hom meer betaaal. Dis eenvoudig

      ilze.garner - 2012-11-15 14:30

      O baie beslis nie R70 per dag nie ou Jan, jy kan hulle gerus vra. As jy nie arbeiders kan bekostig, doen jou eie werk.

      eland.snitbul - 2012-11-15 15:26

      Daar is miljoene mense wat sal werk vir R70 'n dag, plus behuising, krag, sekere kos, vervoer dorpe toe en terug. Dit klink dalk vir jou nie baie nie maar gaan sit sonder geleerdheid en probeer meeding met miljoene wat net so gekwalifiseerd soos jy is dan is R70 'n dag baie. Ongelukkig is die aanbod meer as die vraag.

      JanGrimbeek - 2012-11-15 15:39

      ek het nie gevra hoeveel jy hulle "nie betaal" nie, ek het gevra hoeveel BETAAL jy hulle, stel nou die voorbeeld met die loon wat jy bertaal op skrif aan die boere wat nie met perde spog nie en nie in die Paarl bly, sodat hulle julle ryk mense se voorbeeld kan volg en dieselfde betaal. of het jy gou sommetjie gaan doen en agtergekom dis minder as 70 per dag ??? Ilze en nou gee jy nie die feite op skrif nie. Toe laat almal sien hoeveel jy betaal as jy nie skaam is daarvoor nie!

  • miquette.caalsen - 2012-11-15 11:45

    Ever noticed how at these violent protests it is ALWAYS the "only" innocent person in the vicinity that gets brutally gunned down by the irrational police? At the winelands the young man as only going to buy groceries. At Marikana they were shot in the back because they were running away and therefore were innocent and/or not a threat. I've heard of heat-seeking missiles but innocense-seeking bullets? Must have missed those ...

  • pieter.pretorius.106 - 2012-11-15 12:08

    Went to buy groceries my ass. Wonder who believes all these lies? They say "We got frustrated with police and some protesters threw stones and swore at them," in Cape times some protesters said "The crowd was peaceful and we did not want any trouble." So if throwing stones and damaging property is peaceful I do not want to see what happens when they become violent.

  • john.thelps - 2012-11-15 12:09

    It is amazing how these guys never do anything wrong.

  • cobus.booysen.3 - 2012-11-15 12:31

    So all your learned comments are originating from first hand experiences with riot situations in SA? You don't have the slightest idea what it is all about. It is not the protestors or the SAPD riot squads, it is the instigators (read polititians) who are the real threat here. The uneducated masses are only following blindly what those are preaching who are seemingly a bit more educated. Lank lewe President Paul Kruger!!!

      JanGrimbeek - 2012-11-15 12:45

      @Cobus, just wondering now ???????? : Using two quoates from your own comment: "The uneducated masses are only following blindly what those are preaching who are seemingly a bit more educated." and then : "Lank lewe President Paul Kruger!!!" bwahaha, here you are doing just what you try to acuse others about !!!

  • John Mosimane Magodielo - 2012-11-15 12:53

    here comes other marikana...!

  • tanyabussio - 2012-11-15 13:19

    They'll say anything to blame the SAPD and not to accept blame for their own actions!

      pieter.pretorius.106 - 2012-11-15 15:53

      They are nether wrong, they never did something wrong and they were always peaceful while looting, stealing and damaging property, but at least they were peaceful and did not mean any harm.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-11-15 14:03

    When protestors turn violent there will be innocent people who will be killed. The idea is peaceful protests and keep your distance. When you start burning and trashing other peoples property then you are all to blame for the tragic events.

  • eland.snitbul - 2012-11-15 15:15

    Dit is 'n jammerte dat iemand moes sterf, om eerlik te wees hy het homself in gevaar gestel deur saam met die mense wat staak te loop. Ek dink hierdie is weer een van News24 se maniere om lesers se aandag te trek en is onwaar. Dis altyd snaaks hoe hulle uit baie mense die enigste onskuldige persoon noodlottig wond of beseer. Ek persoonlik dink die polisie het die volste reg om eerste plek hulle self te kan verdedig op enige tipe manier want hulle eie lewens is op die spel. Geen staking = geen mense wat geskied word nie! eintlik n maklike som nogal.

  • nadineelvina.francis - 2012-11-15 15:38

    Just like the Marikana miners these guys were peacefully walking down the street holding hands and singing church songs and then the White RACIST DA SUPPORTER policemen shot them. It's so sad the tears are rolling down my face man.

  • pieter.pretorius.106 - 2012-11-15 15:49

    Dit is wat 'n vriend in Wolseley vandag vir my vertel het: "Maar hy het 'n polisieman wat op die grond gele het met 'n beton randsteen probeer doodgooi. Die konstabel het gedoen wat enige mens sou doen, jy beskerm jou lewe. " Tipies Afrika, jy jaag nonsens aan en dan wil almal maak of jy die dood onskuldige armlastige ou wesentjie is wat swaar kry en tenagekom word.

  • kaykay.son.50 - 2012-11-21 09:49

    I thought white people and "colourd" are Afrikaans speaking and conive together against blacks. So now that the colourds defied whites by going on strike, they are vilified! LoL! If you could go there and talk to them in Afrikaans and tell them they are pulling you down! Lol!

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