SABC car stoned in De Doorns

2013-01-14 11:30

Cape Town - An SABC car was stoned by striking farmworkers in De Doorns in the Western Cape on Monday, the public broadcaster reported.

SABC radio news reported that its team was interviewing striking workers at Stofland informal settlement when stones were hurled at the vehicle.

A picture of the car, showing a shattered back window screen, was posted on Twitter.
No injury was reported.

Last week, another journalist's vehicle was torched during protest action. The car, which belonged to an Independent Newspapers journalist, was overturned in De Doorns and set alight on Wednesday.

Police patrol attacked

Earlier, police said one of its foot patrols was attacked in De Doorns on Monday morning.

Warrant Officer November Filander said the officers were attacked around 03:00 while patrolling an informal settlement in the Western Cape town.

"I was informed that the officers used a stun grenade and not rubber bullets to disperse the group," he said.

The three were arrested for public violence. One was allegedly found in possession of dagga.

"The affected farm striking areas are quiet at this stage. Police are still monitoring these areas."
Farmworkers in De Doorns want their minimum R69 daily wage increased to R150.

The strike began on August 27 last year, and was called off on December 4 and resumed on Wednesday.

Since the strike resumed on Wednesday, De Doorns has been the epicentre of violent clashes between protesters and police.

On Thursday, police used a water cannon, fired rubber bullets and stun grenades in an attempt to disperse thousands of strikers who pelted them with stones.

A truck was hijacked and set alight on Saturday morning.

CCMA offers to intervene

A total of 125 people were arrested between Wednesday and Sunday in connection with the strikes, mostly for public violence.

The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) offered to intervene in the strike on Saturday saying it had the authority and the skills and experience to mediate a solution.

"We have offered our services - which we are empowered to do in matters of public interest - and trust that the parties will respond positively to our offer," executive director Nerine Kahn said in a statement.

The CCMA said they were in a position to mediate a binding short-term agreement while the parties wait for a sectoral wage determination by the labour department.

  • ThaboMdodo - 2013-01-14 11:35

    Are they striking Farm Workers or striking Farm Animals? Because humans don't behave this way!

      Kawasaki1985 - 2013-01-14 12:04

      The majority of the strikers are 'Seasonal Workers' or idiots deemed to useless for permanent work. Furthermore, the N1 is a 'National Road', it is in and of National interest it remains open to all traffic at all times - The SAP are tasked with enforcing National Security and can be aided by the SANDF - So "SAP" do your Job or call on the SANDF to do it for you !!!!!

      simphiwe.charlie.5 - 2013-01-14 12:43

      @Alicia, all you need is love!

      franklyn.davies.1 - 2013-01-14 13:26

      i hear they are all stoned in De Doorns.

  • johannes.m.villiers - 2013-01-14 11:35

    Arrest these criminals! Stoning a news reporting team can not be justified, no matter the nature of the cause.

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-01-14 12:18

      Oh they are just doing what comes naturally, what they were born to do, burn, loot and destroy. I cannot imagine that anybody with a fraction of a normally functioning brain would think it is a good idea to torche vehicles from the media, and that it would help their course. These thugs are sub-humans with ape-like behaviour

      rob.bancroft.94 - 2013-01-14 12:24

      The SABC reporter should pay for the damage. They know the strickers are a bunch of hooligans and they run the real risk of having their vehicle stoned.

      heinrich.etsebeth - 2013-01-14 13:08

      Tuner, if you stone my car you are the criminal. Not the person that legitimately drove my vehicle.

  • Billy - 2013-01-14 11:38

    lol and the anc is busy selling corruption in open public. what strike? which farmworkers? those oxbo havesters are looking better and better by the day....

      magatikele.magatikele - 2013-01-14 22:01

      u need help. Try to understand what is currently happening in our country.

  • michael.smit.73997 - 2013-01-14 11:39

    Take all of them aside and just do a firing squad on them, they are destructive neanderthals. Most of them are probably part of Tony Ehrenreich's Rent-A-Crowd

  • bones.meintjies - 2013-01-14 11:48

    When "people" behave in this manner, thwir intentions are clearly to destroy, thereby making them an automatic enemy of the state and the SA peoples. Bring back apartheid style suppresion of these kinds of riots, and the problem will be sorted in less than a week.

  • pws69 - 2013-01-14 11:57

    These strikers are not doing themselves any favours, unless of course this is the PLAN, to destabilize the WC, hey Tiny Tony and Fransman?

      magatikele.magatikele - 2013-01-14 22:08

      I differ with you on what u have just said. This is a national problem. We need help before is happening like in the mines. Try to understand that we areall suffering due to this strikes. I hope u understand

  • Sheilan.Clarke - 2013-01-14 11:57

    Now can you see that this is a rent-a-protest-crowd from the ANC? Only they do stupid things like this.

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2013-01-14 11:59

    As usual these scenes are being broadcast around the world, what a bunch of useless idiots. Half of them probably not even workers.

      heinrich.etsebeth - 2013-01-14 13:10

      The scary thing is that not once in any article did anyone mention or notice that as soon as these strikes started this year the Rand went down to R8.70 from R8.48 on which it ended last year.

  • ohbizz.chabata - 2013-01-14 12:09

    The situation in De Doorns is peculiar. While the volatile situation is said to be because of an ongoing strike by farm workers, not much is being said in the news about it. Only that there is a lot of violence in the informal settlements and outsiders seem to be bearing the brunt. I wonder if anybody (outsider) would get hurt if they didnt go into the bees nest

  • attie.mostert.9 - 2013-01-14 12:11

    Fire the lot of them, I am sure there are people that would love to have a job

      magatikele.magatikele - 2013-01-14 22:13

      all u have to do is to start paying them well. Just negotiate in good faith

  • piet.hannibol - 2013-01-14 12:15

    I think a Marikana II is on it's way. And I know I'm going to be burned for saying this but I think it's all we need to put this lawlessness to bed. At this stage they know the Marikana tragedy has the cops worried to act and uphold the law. So who wins? The criminals keeping lady justice as their rape abused hostage - cause they have rights. Or the law who is fully in their right to shoot dead when they feel threatened? Shoot the violent ones - shoot them dead. Sacrifice the lives of the few for the prosperity of the many.

  • FinalJustice - 2013-01-14 12:15

    Shoot to kill! These are no farmworkers, they are parasites of our society swooped up by Tony Ehrenreich and Co. to destabilize the Western Cape, it's all political. There'll be no winners in the end.

  • ben.rootman.3 - 2013-01-14 12:23

    Inexcusable - whatever your case - do not kill the messenger!

  • talana.malherbe - 2013-01-14 12:25

    And our government and their communist buddies are still saying this is not a big enough problem for them to intervene???? Go figure!

  • marilyn.glockle - 2013-01-14 12:38

    Just watched the news picture footage on enews. Don't a lot of these so-called strikers look like children?

  • simphiwe.charlie.5 - 2013-01-14 12:40

    When is someone going to arrest the police for public violence? If they stopped their brutal tactics maybe they would get more public support.

      heinrich.etsebeth - 2013-01-14 13:13

      If they do their jobs and make our streets safe then they will get more public support.

  • rabana.modisaemang - 2013-01-14 12:40

    That was really barbaric of mine worker, how will their story be heard?

  • warren.rodel - 2013-01-14 12:40

    Great! Now SABC will get the picture - use live ammunition now SAPS!

  • simphiwe.charlie.5 - 2013-01-14 12:50

    All you need is love!

      Billy - 2013-01-14 13:56


  • sihlangu.hokweni - 2013-01-14 14:28

    ANYONE who attacks journalists(whether literally or verbally) risks their CAUSE loosing credibility

  • avanwyk2 - 2013-01-14 16:20

    SABC=ANC and strikers=ANC

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