Police use water cannon in De Doorns

2013-01-10 16:02

De Doorns - Police used a water cannon to disperse striking farmworkers gathered on the N1 highway in De Doorns, in the Western Cape, on Thursday.

The strikers were blocking the highway with two tractors, and moved towards the water cannon, which was sandwiched between two police armoured vehicles.

They abandoned the tractors when police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades at them.

Smoke, caused by small fires, billowed from several points along the N1.

It was not immediately clear who started the 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.

Earlier, armoured vehicles were deployed to the highway, and scores of riot police tried to defuse the situation.

The highway has been closed to traffic since the strike, which was suspended in December, resumed on Wednesday.

On Thursday morning, 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 chairman, was taken to hospital after being shot by private security," said Bawusa general secretary Nosey Pieterse.

Pieterse said close to 6 000 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 an increase in their daily wages from R69 to R150, and the implementation of a "coherent" land reform programme.

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

  • hcduplessis - 2013-01-10 16:11

    Moving private property,throwing rocks,burning cars,setting buildings alight!!! why are the police tolerating this!!! shoot them or arrest them all

      pieter.vanderwalt.739 - 2013-01-10 16:31

      Pat Marran was shot by private security, in other words he was on private property, why?

      debduplessis - 2013-01-10 21:37

      ANC has lost control of its people!

      Sean1877 - 2013-01-11 07:58

      @popza... Most were born on those farms...idiot...ur just another racist no better than our forfarthers were to your people...

  • ianon.ym - 2013-01-10 16:13

    Spray them with PapSakWyn - give an hour for effect to take place and round them up.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2013-01-10 16:23

      Enough papsak and they will start pelting each other with rocks.

      debduplessis - 2013-01-10 21:38

      Or the ANC will invite for another round of CAKE!

      kalabafazi - 2013-01-11 08:42

      I say why use a Water Canon when a G5 Canon works more effectively.

  • Kawasaki1985 - 2013-01-10 16:14

    What a waste of water.

      mark.a.fysh - 2013-01-10 19:18

      I see most of the unrest is within easy commute of big metropolitan areas, or around the corner from squatter camps. How does a seasonal worker strike? Only when they are needed at harvest time, which is a fraction of the year. What do they do the rest of the time? I guess live on gvt handouts. My final question is, how many of them are actually farmworkers? Very, very few, it would seem. And yet they are referred to by ANC propaganda outlets through SABC, 702 and ENCA as exactly that. This is war on the Western Cape by other means, in my opinion.

      Jaap - 2013-01-10 19:56

      And there is a deafening silence from Vavi at COSATU and the beloved ANC Government. But then they do not understand where all the food and money is really coming from. It just land on their tables not to mention all the sparkling wine that they celebrate with.

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2013-01-10 16:15

    Did you hear them shout "SOAP"

  • Pete7930 - 2013-01-10 16:20

    Should use a real cannon!

  • Erna - 2013-01-10 16:25

    Firstly, the tractors are probably stolen from their employers; and secondly, where is the army that zuma promised at the mine strikes?

      Kawasaki1985 - 2013-01-10 16:32

      The total competent complement of the SANDF (yes all 400 of them) have gone to CAR.

  • tandolwethutaken.finca - 2013-01-10 16:30

    Is N1 still blocked in De doorns? Any other alternative routes maybe? In need to be in cape town by 8pm

      Kawasaki1985 - 2013-01-10 16:34

      Fly !!!

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-01-10 17:21

      Where are you now?

  • adrian.wells.969 - 2013-01-10 16:38

    in all fairness.. i would like to see us all live off R69 a day... sure these farmers can come up to some agreement.. they might just have to cancel one of their holidays and they could the increase... if this carries on.. they'll be out of work and the wine farms will become white elephants as the rest of the world is just going to go somewhere else

      Kawasaki1985 - 2013-01-10 16:46

      No ! The farmers will stop growing fruit and start with intensive mechanized Maize Farming. No need for labor and all its problems !!!

      clive.pops.5 - 2013-01-10 16:49

      R150 a day is less than R3500 per month. Try living on that.

      genegermishuys - 2013-01-10 17:07

      For picking fruit? Last time I looked apartheid was over and you are free to do as you like , that includes getting a decent education so you do not have to earn R3500 a month. These animals use their own anarchistic barbarian mentality to justify hurting and stealing as their right. IF YOU CAN NOT AFFORD AN EDUCATION TO BE QUALIFIED TO DO A DECENT JOB, THEN BLAME YOUR GOVERNMENT THAT YOU SO BLINDLY VOTE FOR EVERY ELECTION , NOT WHAT HAPPENED YEARS AGO. Your President is sitting in his mansion laughing at you.

      shooshyu.tu - 2013-01-10 18:12

      @adrian @clive - pensioners are expected to live on R1,200 pm = R40 per day without free housing that these ungrateful oxygen thieves get. When they asked for a job they were happy to accept their current wages, yet now that the AintSee get involved to cause disruption with their propaganda this Govt. controlled wage is insufficient. SAVE WATER use LIVE AMMUNITION.

      mark.a.fysh - 2013-01-10 20:55

      Adrian. I think you may misunderstand the term "seasonal workers". This is not a livelihood - less than 10 weeks a year, in all probability. In the old days, before combine harvesters, seasonal workers (many, family of farmworkers) would reap the mielies. My point being, this was an extra - merely to supplement an established family or group income. A distcintion, therefore needs to be made between these workers and full-time farmworkers, who on average earn much more than R69 per day in terms of cash and benefits.

      0001000ghost - 2013-01-10 21:58

      Dude. You are so dumb. A kuk job is a kuk job. So, then, sit down, read books, read matric maths books, and start learning, each night by candle light with a pencil and paper. That's What Mandela did! Get smarter. Then raise your kids to be smarter, and there you go!! You might not have broken the poverty cycle for yourself, but, you have done it for your kids! You have pride and I bet you everyone will respect you, AND what's more, You'll be the farm manager! How is this so difficult to understand? I come from extreme poverty. I tought myself how to program and today, I make my employer R2 000 000 + each month.

      Sean1877 - 2013-01-11 08:03

      im sure they can Adrian...lets get them to sit around a table and discuss it shall we...oh wait...they to busy burning cars and throughing stones!!

  • rollingstone.kanyane - 2013-01-10 16:41

    farmers to please close all the farms tot die helmet kop pooo die water in die veld

  • Thobile Lugwadu - 2013-01-10 16:57

    The marikana massacre,has put the revolutionary wheel in motion. No sector of the economy will escape these above-inflation wage demands. I had a chat with my former colleague from the auto manufacturing industry . He told me that we will demand R17000 and asjiki. What we are witnessing is just the beggining, 2013 will be the worst year in labour relations. The time has come for the industry captain to pre-emptively negotiate better deals with their bargaining partners. This will limit the space for labour unrest vultures who are patiently waiting in the sidelines.

      nico.prinsloo.92 - 2013-01-10 17:18

      ...and what about the resulting job losses due to the higher wages??

      flysouth - 2013-01-10 18:32

      You entirely miss the point - probably because you do not know enough to appreciate that SA is almost inconsequential in this world in relative terms i.r.o manufacturing capacity. One production line in England or the USA produces as many cars as ALL the industry combined here! All car production by globalised manufacturers could within a short time be switched to other factories in Europe etc. It simply needs the decisions to be made by those in control! This has almost happened before incidentally. Re. the mines we are about to see the direct result of the unrest last year with mine lay-offs, restructuring etc - mines are about to enter a 'holding pattern' policy with no new investment nor even upkeep other than the most essential and with production at a 'treading water' level whilst the boards and shareholders wait and see whether this ANC government will take the right actions, or not. If they do not, then we will in a few years look around and realise that there is no mining industry operating here! Given the established fact that the gold is about played out and what remains is too deep and becoming too costly to extract gold mining is about to become a thing of the past - and all mining too, unless workers and unions become much more reasonable.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2013-01-10 19:23

      Bargaining doesn't help. Deals are signed, some - such as farm labour - are signed into law. Unions put their names to these deals and then foment rebellion anyway. And btw, all farm labourers have the same min wage across the country, how come only this one agri region is facing unrest? Or will we see the same once the winter harvests start?

  • amanda.matthews.14811 - 2013-01-10 17:00

    @ Anthony You should be ashamed of yourself! This is a very serious situation and property has been damaged. Its easy for you to be smug when you are not facing these violent anarchists. I wish you would be a policeman facing this lot. You can thank god that all that stands between us and these criminals are these brave Policemen.

  • craig.harrison.1088 - 2013-01-10 17:05

    In France, there water cannon's can stray water with a smell in it that smells of decomposing flesh, and takes three days to wash off. See how they like that excellent idea!

      zebedee.kok - 2013-01-10 17:39

      we cant do that here the strikers might end up smelling better

      Brian Dorning - 2013-01-10 21:49

      nice joke ding-gleberry! did you go to clown school?

  • Prince Kgwale - 2013-01-10 17:12

    Where is our mor@n president again? Is he busy negotiating lobola or showering? After masses died he'll establish enquiries mxm! SA can we vote wisely and put ppl with brains to lead our country not these bunch of g@b@ge we have.

      Nico Du Rand - 2013-01-10 17:28

      Hahahaha, that is so true

  • Nico Du Rand - 2013-01-10 17:33

    Whose tractors were those? I'm pretty sure the unions only suspended the strike so union leaders could go on holiday, but at least it gave the farmers time to protect their farms

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2013-01-10 17:55

    Whatever they consider concomitent I suppose.

  • Francois Kannemeyer - 2013-01-10 18:08

    nico ? wat mense met hul geld doen is hulle besigheid.moet gaan kyk hoe julle mans jul kosgeld in pubs uit suip en spandeer in strip clubs

      Nico Du Rand - 2013-01-10 18:50

      Watse Nico? Ekt niks gese van geld ni

  • Peter Zylstra - 2013-01-10 18:17

    Why use water cannons? Live ammo is much more effective on these bastards!

  • Francois Kannemeyer - 2013-01-10 18:26

    90% van julle is disrespekvol oor die algemeen en onverdraagsaam teenoor julle medemens .ek verwys na julle comments!

  • brendan.healey.315 - 2013-01-10 18:29

    Water canon !!?? What for they are probably enjoying the cooling effect and quick wash !

  • Dumsani Ndlovu - 2013-01-10 18:49

    @kgwale, just who do u have in mind. just asking

  • altus.kirsten - 2013-01-10 20:34

    @Mayandi, Zim has a 80% unemployment rate, but Robert's buddies own the land. Do you want this for SA? If your answer is yes, you should go and live in Zim. It will take good care of you. No work, no food, no hope, no future, but you will have land. Go figure.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2013-01-10 21:02

      You can't appeal to logic at all. Even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, too many people are so brain-washed and indoctrinated that they simply cannot navigate past it. Or so spectacularly lacking in ideas and viable solutions that they resort to lazy thinking

      ronald.stilianou - 2013-01-10 22:06

      @wolf, agree, but what frustrates me is the fact that one must always dumb your opinion down in order for the tool to understand it.

  • lydia.benkenstein - 2013-01-10 21:48

    Give them some Paarl Perle. Enough to make them lekker dronk. Then they will have major babaalaas!

  • Dumsani Ndlovu - 2013-01-10 22:14

    @Brian...Africa is my mother land

      geronimo.feather - 2013-01-10 22:18

      No Dumi, your motherland is the Congo. That is where your ancestors come from. Google it if you don't believe me....... now don't go all xenophobic on yourself, bru.

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2013-01-11 08:19

      Geronimo, that is really dumb. He said AFRICA. The Congo is in Africa. WTF are you on about?

  • dtangocci - 2013-01-10 22:34

    Just solve the problem by giving every protester 150 litres of cheap wine. They will drink it all in 1 night and die. Or

  • christopher.m.lowe - 2013-01-11 09:08

    Forget using water cannons. Shoot the stupid bastards. And the ANC cadres sent to stir them up.

  • marinda.pieterse.9 - 2013-01-11 12:52

    Imagine..........the farmers retaliating by burning down the so-called farmworkers shacks. Maybe the police must use that water canon of theirs to just clean the entrance and exit to De Doorns.

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