N1 still closed over farm protest

2013-01-09 14:45

De Doorns - The N1 highway in De Doorns remained closed to traffic on Wednesday afternoon amid continued clashes between farmworkers and the police.

Protesters blocked the road with rocks and threw stones at the police, who retaliated by firing rubber bullets.

The protest forms part of the first day of renewed strike action by workers in demand of a wage of R150 a day. A protester said she had no alternative but to strike, because she could not survive on R60 a day.

Lieutenant Colonel André Traut said at least 50 people were arrested across the Western Cape on Wednesday on public violence-related charges.

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

She said most of those who did not, 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 that although the strike came at the worst time for fruit-growers, the group had understanding for "people being unhappy".

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

  • heini.botes - 2013-01-09 14:56


      mark.a.fysh - 2013-01-09 15:08

      Barbaric mob and paid to destroy

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-01-09 15:23

      The African way. If violence doesn't work, use more...

      yanga.maroloma - 2013-01-09 15:42

      Zuma 'plotters' ask for bail. You ddnt comment on that article Heini and co.

      patrick.buckley.712 - 2013-01-09 15:43

      Is it just me?? I have complete "compassion fatigue"

      heini.botes - 2013-01-09 16:20

      @Yanga....they should rot in jail for all i care, that's how i feel about terrorists!

      mofstok - 2013-01-09 18:17

      Yanga, stop your bigoted nonsense. You are behaving like a spoiled brat.

      yanga.maroloma - 2013-01-09 19:25

      Iam behaving the manner I should be, stop your nonsenses then I mighty as well stop responding to them. The is a law that states; for avery action the is equal reaction. Rubbish yiels rubbish, if you ddnt knw!

  • peter.fraser.92754 - 2013-01-09 14:58

    Oh I am stuck in the best run province and the envy of the ruling party.Literally sour grapes.So now it seems the ruling party is trying to get back the province via the grape vines.Do it gentleman like Mr Ehrenreich and co, no need for violence.I thought you have left those bad pre-1994 habits behind you...eish...I suppose I was wrong.

      allarenes173 - 2013-01-09 18:09

      They have promised to make the Western Cape ungovernable - and thats exactly what they are doing at the expence of the country

  • kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-01-09 15:05

    With R1800 it is quite possible to survive with free schooling, free housing, free food etc. Not any worse off than somebody living in the city earning 3 times as much

      tigza.mafu - 2013-01-09 15:30

      Mhhh! I'm imagining what kind of housing is that because from what I saw in Boland its far from being called housing.

      mofstok - 2013-01-09 15:34

      Then build your own bloody houses, with your own hands and with your own materials. Chop down a tree for wood, bake bricks from clay! That's how our ancestors did it. Or can you only demand and subsist from handouts because you are too useless to do something for yourself?

      yanga.maroloma - 2013-01-09 15:37

      'The hand that feed and cloth you, controls you'. We are not amused by the free stuff anymore, its time the Duplessis and the Van Der Merwes to pay our people enough money so that they can be independent from them.

      mofstok - 2013-01-09 15:45

      Your mentality is your downfall: how about earning your independence like everybody else does? Lazy bum.

      tommy.jones.754918 - 2013-01-09 15:55

      Yes, let's make everything for free and see who still wants to work. I don't know if I should cry or laugh at your logic.

      tigza.mafu - 2013-01-09 15:58

      Young man, go to Ventersdorp.

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-01-09 15:59

      @yanga and what amount of money should that be? I earn 30 grand a month nett, and I am still very much dependant on my employer. How much should a fruit picker get paid to be independent? Jacob Zuma's salary? You live in a fantacy world my friend

      mofstok - 2013-01-09 16:04

      Why tigza? because you think I am a racist? I have great respect for black people. It is STUPID people who have an attitude of entitlement and who refuse to work that make me angry!

      yanga.maroloma - 2013-01-09 17:13

      What you Boere fails to comprehend is the Fact that the New generation is not intimidated by your suprimists mindsets. You can call names and give million Thumbs down, use strongest English vocabs, still you are just typical boereninjas to us youth. Those people running around burning tyres and stoning your cars are not the workers themselves bt us their be Aware be very Aware! This is potentialy the beginning of your ends. So I suggest you start learning to understanding our frustrations, bare with us and do away with Verwoerden tendencies and ideas. Black People are Not Lazy!!! We aslo work as hard, we just ask our efforts to be appreciated.Payed what is due to us, we are not begging from you anything. Is that too much to ask? Yhee??

      mofstok - 2013-01-09 18:08

      You want to know why wages are low? Because our economy, export market, and labour laws are being ripped to shreds by the ruling party. Inflation is rampant because our economy is being extracted due to our budget deficit not being addressed because our government is OVERSPENDING on nonsense and not creating growth because they adhere to nonsensical communist policies. Do you understand any of this?

      yanga.maroloma - 2013-01-09 19:48

      @mofstok, I have heard such rubbish before. I live in grabouw, a farm area. I knw boere that makes Millions of rands on their farms. I also know that its the farmworkers that do most of the work on those farms. For what, so that few people can be rich on our expense. by exploitation of our labour! You can bring all the books, but still IT IS NOT RIGHT and You also know that. Thanx for the education, but it is not applicable to my cause ryt nw. tell me that when my stomach is full. R150 per day, VIvA to that!!

  • mofstok - 2013-01-09 15:05

    Let these scumbags feel the full might of the law. Treat them rough, sans vaseline manne!

      yanga.maroloma - 2013-01-09 15:29

      Nostalgia, that is what you are suffering from...

      mofstok - 2013-01-09 15:32

      So the rule of law is nostalgic and no longer applicable to our society? We are governed by our constitution and our laws, and these scum need to learn to respect force of the law if needed!

      yanga.maroloma - 2013-01-09 16:32

      That what you wish the Law to do is the matter of the past. 'Treat them rough', do you know how rough these people have been treated in these farm?? You have no idea, if you did you would not be speaking like this. Its very bad man, very bad. Forget what the media is saying, put yourself in their shoes. They ddnt wokeup and say 'let's go vandilise' u knw!

      mofstok - 2013-01-09 16:43

      They are vandalising! Who else decided to do that if it weren't them? They must face the consequences of their actions. If I murder somebody I deserve to go to prison, why must they be treated different? Because they are poor? Bullsh*t.

      yanga.maroloma - 2013-01-09 17:59

      @Mofstok, because they are victims of the inequalities of the past. I understand where you comming from Boet, bt I am nt expecting you to understand when iam from. Those pony rides, family monies, private schoolings, trust funds, etc. They all contributed to the type of thinking you have. You dnt knw nothing about having nothing! You owe that to the PW Bothas, the H Verwoed, and their likes(stop saying you are hard working people). Their deeds ddnt benefit some of us hence we live the way we do. Then when we try to rise above that people like you in their cosy beds, utter atmost rubbish to discourage us. We Black People we are very proud people and very intelligent, if we were as dumb as you think us to be, we would have Gone Zim on you longtime ago. People like you have no place in the future SA, runned by us black youth of today. I suggest you start blending in or buy shares at Lenasia ASAP!

      mofstok - 2013-01-09 18:10

      Just what the hell do you know about me you punk? I went to public school, I do not have a "trust fund", I have to work and pay for my own house and car to get to work. What did I get on a platter from PW Botha eh? What advantage do I have? None! It is all negated by affirmative action and BEE, the playing field is in your advantage you imbecile! The only thing I got free is my education, that my parents paid for. You are a racist, a bigot, and a narrow-minded ANC protege. Who do you think you are saying that my country does not need people like me? You are the poison that is destroying this nation. You and your kind of mentality.

      mofstok - 2013-01-09 18:14

      Oh, and PS. Black people are neither dumb nor lazy. There are plenty of successful black businessmen and women, entrepreneurs and farmers out there to prove that point. So don't put words into my mouth that I did not utter.

  • rian.dejager.3 - 2013-01-09 15:10

    That Nandos Add comes to my mind... You know whats the problem with the Western Cape? It's all you foreigners.... East Capetonians... Taking the work away from the coloured people...

      customdesign - 2013-01-09 15:17

      what a stupid comment

      yanga.maroloma - 2013-01-09 15:27

      You must be sitting around the fire braaing with beer can in your hand, if that is only what can come to your mind.....

      raymond.romans.5 - 2013-01-09 15:39

      Says yanga who hails from.......yes, you guessed it, the EC.

      tommy.jones.754918 - 2013-01-09 16:25

      Airborne, a little drum roll ending with a "tadishhhhh" at the end would have made that comment an all time classic.

      mofstok - 2013-01-09 17:02

      Your party is the architect of your misery Yanga. And who says everyone who disagrees with you is "Boeremag" or AWB or racist? YOU are the deluded bigot here. I don't dislike you because you happen to be black: I dislike you because you happen to be immensely stupid and arrogant.

      mofstok - 2013-01-09 19:47

      That's pretty darn rich yanga, I'll give you that. Firstly, what is this naive mindset of my "kind"? What is my "kind"? Define it please. Secondly, I am sorry to disappoint you, but I am a South African of the New South Africa. I am not a bigoted AWB racist scumbag, no matter how much you would LOOOOVE me to be one. So no wet dreams for your perverted mind about that please. But you on the other hand, you only utter racist and hateful statements. Pot calling the kettle black eh? Why do I even bother with you?

  • vumanie.gabhisa - 2013-01-09 15:19

    I can understand these workers' frustrations en the fierce nature of their retaliation, one can only live so long under such tormenting conditions.

      mofstok - 2013-01-09 15:24

      Their behaviour is inexcusable. Why loot the Ultraliquor in Grabouw? If you break the law, you deserve to get your hide kicked really hard. The same law and constitution governs us all, nobody is above or exempt from it. They will respect the law, or they will pay the price.

      JManAtheoi - 2013-01-09 15:38

      "They will respect the law, or they will pay the price.".. problem is..the "law" is governed by more criminals.

      vumanie.gabhisa - 2013-01-09 16:25

      When you'v been subjected to such cruelty for such a long number of years you will deploy whatever means necessary-atleast they did try to negotiate en when the 'master' didn't listen only this channel is available to them. Police or no police-death or not people must always strive for better lives en I salute the farm workers! If there's a crime they'v committed it is that they strive for a better future for themselves and their children en if the police should kill them it is for an honorable course

      mofstok - 2013-01-09 16:37

      Deluded fool.

      vumanie.gabhisa - 2013-01-09 16:43

      Thank you mofstok

  • rofras.rassie - 2013-01-09 15:26

    Marikana Police officers should be deployed.

  • phaldiemeyer - 2013-01-09 15:32

    farmers if these strikers come looking for help because there's no money to feed their kids...send them to tony errand boy...anc's lapdog

  • Warren Wepener - 2013-01-09 15:42

    Why does the woman bring her baby along to the strike has she got no sense of responsibility instead of working she brings her bay along crazy in humane

  • simphiwe.charlie.5 - 2013-01-09 15:47

    I see some farmers refuse to listen to reason and share the wealth of our land so maybe it's time to take it back. We were forced to do the same thing in Zimbabwe.

      tommy.jones.754918 - 2013-01-09 15:59

      Yes, and most of the "we" had to flee to SA to make a living after that happened.

      gavin.brown.3367 - 2013-01-09 16:08

      Yeah, look what happened there, everyone is now starving trying to enter SA, idiot

      alisha.abad.7 - 2013-01-09 16:46

      Why should they share with you. You did nothing to deserve it.

  • collins.ntelele - 2013-01-09 16:00

    People put their lives on the line for R150 while the ANC is busy with a birthday bash,offering orphanages and old age homes slices of a cake.Does a hungry stomach need a cake?

  • bella.marx.5 - 2013-01-09 16:01

    Shoot the bastards.....! Dont play

  • ernest.lwandle - 2013-01-09 16:02

    I am one of those who believe that ther is no permanent home for even a section of the Bantu in the white area of S.A.If the principle of permanent residence for the black man in the area of the white man is accepted then it is beginning of the end of civilisation,Thats comming from rubicon speech by Pw BOTHA and that idea we remain will remain like that especially to the brain poisoned white S.A for ever racist.

      tommy.jones.754918 - 2013-01-09 16:11

      If you still belief that, then you may be stuck in the past. Best call Prof. Brown.

      Jason - 2013-01-09 16:25

      hahahahahahahahahaha seriously???? You are moronic in the extreme. You are the charge of the country for going on 19 years. We are the minority, not in charge..........yet we still get blamed for all your short comings. Anyone with half a brain knows the strikes in the farming community of the Western Cape is politically motivated. Did you know that research of 32 farmers in the Hex River valley who farmed 6 million boxes of grapes last year shows they made a loss of 5 rand a box? so what do you think a 100% wage increase will do to them?? this will require you to use that thing on top of your shoulders............careful now, wouldnt want you to hurt yourself.

  • snap.crackleandpop.3 - 2013-01-09 16:23

    It's pretty clear that no one knows the solution to this problem... since it is only happening in the Western Cape at the moment it is the DA's responsibility, hopefully they'll figure something out sooner rather than later.

  • alisha.abad.7 - 2013-01-09 16:43

    What many dont realize is all these workers get FREE housing in the farm. FREE electricity. FREE hot water. FREE lifts to town. FREE uniforms. FREE schooling for their kids at farm schools. FREE medical coverage etc. Workers also get paid incentives for the amount of fruit bins they fill during the day on top of their basic wage. Count up all these perks and bonuses, and we looking at about R200/day. Perhaps the farmers should stop all the incentives and not let the workers stay on the farms for free and give them R150 after all. The farmers will be better off.

      dirk.zyl.7 - 2013-01-09 16:48

      Exactly,let them start paying for everything and their transport to town.Let them rent farm vehicle's for transport and ban taxi's from entering your private farm property.

      dirk.zyl.7 - 2013-01-09 16:49

      By the way,the amount of sense you make is scary in this crowd of imbeciles.

      Brian Dorning - 2013-01-09 22:21

      The problem in this whole situation is not even mentioned. Credit is given to these people so easily, furniture, clothes, cash of coarse they buy. When end of moth comes, they have no more money as garnishing orders have consumed their pay before they see it. Its what happened in Marikana.

  • dirk.zyl.7 - 2013-01-09 16:46

    I am convinced these motherfu#$rs are bussed in for this unrest. Seasonal farm worker = mostly cape coloured folk,I don't see a lot cape coloured's in the photos. I see a lot of black faces though,the stupid kind that support the ANC.

  • pvuuren - 2013-01-09 16:49

    this is why "Alien-labour" is used, they work for only a "bakkie pap" at the end of the day, 'cause where they come from that's worth a lot!

  • jacobus.rautenbach - 2013-01-09 19:00

    skiet die bliksems

      johnwilliam.roberts - 2013-01-09 20:15

      a very stupid comment from you were will you go once they chase you in to the sea ventersdorp ??its the only place you will get citizenship !!with this comment vilonce never solved anything !

  • Strikeback - 2013-01-09 21:32

    Stop closing our roads for stupid protests. We pay tax to use these roads. We do not care about workers rights while they violate our rights!! Let these idiots pay to fix the damage to the tar surface. Stop paying tax untill our infra structure has been prepared. www. strikeback. co. za

  • Brian Dorning - 2013-01-09 22:31

    Just one time i want to read a headline when employers (in a sector) unify and 'strike'. I wonder how Cosatu/trade unions would respond if the motor sector or mining sector or agricultural sector all decide to close their doors at the same time, and 'demand' that workers be payed less, or have to work more efficiently. All i'm saying is that i wonder what would happen if the employer(s) did what the strikes of today are doing, if the shoe was on the other foot

  • piet.boerie - 2013-01-10 04:19

    The government controls the country and the minimum wage and not business and they should be held responsible for the really poor wages and living conditions some workers find themsleves in 20 years after liberation. Cosatu and the ANC are the Majority governement and are cunning in try to show up farmers when they make the law. You can always tell a ANC setup protest becuase it turns violent, this is the way of the dumb milatant cadre. Go protest parliment who write the laws and control the country or better change your vote to a party that cares for the poor and not one that makes excuses.

      piet.boerie - 2013-01-10 04:21

      Yep violence and the Allaince go hand in hand with lying and corruption and NEVER EVER TAKE RESPONSIBILITY OR ACCOUNTABILITY. Government makes laws not business. Funny its only the DA province that is targeted yet all provinces are the same. JZ's hand is in this.

  • piet.boerie - 2013-01-10 04:24

    The government controls the country and the minimum wage and not business and they should be held responsible for the really poor wages and living conditions some workers find themsleves in 20 years after liberation. Cosatu and the ANC are the Majority governement and are cunning in try to show up farmers when they make the law. You can always tell a ANC setup protest becuase it turns violent, this is the way of the dumb milatant cadre. Go protest parliment who write the laws and control the country or better change your vote to a party that cares for the poor and not one that makes excuses.

  • christopher.m.lowe - 2013-01-10 07:26

    Shoot the bastards.

  • mganga.mike - 2013-01-10 12:46

    Can't this so called farmers give those poor people what they want. Poor man feels the pain .

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