Sanef condemns attack on journalist

2013-01-10 22:13

Johannesburg - The SA National Editors' Forum on Thursday condemned the attack by striking farmworkers on a journalist and called on the police to arrest the perpetrators.

It was concerned about the "wider, chilling effect" the attack could have on journalists assigned to cover such strikes.

"Sanef condemns the vicious attack by striking farmworkers on the journalist covering their unprotected strike at De Doorns in the Western Cape," the organisation said in a statement.

Farmworkers overturned and set fire to the car, driven by journalist Xolani Koyana and belonging to the Cape Times, during the strike on Wednesday. No one was injured.

"Apart from their lives being endangered Sanef cannot imagine a more counter-productive activity by the strikers in launching the attack and so trying to prevent the journalists from reporting on their complaints about wages and conditions of employment and conveying that story to the public at large."

  • rude.awakning - 2013-01-10 22:27

    we condemn attacks on all people and urge police to arrest all perpetrators of such attacks. Or does it only make for juicy paper selling stories if its not a journo involved?

  • bobby.jaan.92 - 2013-01-11 04:52

    The first wine in South Africa was produced in 1659 - some 354 years ago. During all this time the wine producers and workers were able to do their thing to the benefit of all in more-or-less perfect harmony. Why now, all-of-a-sudden, this severe 'unhappiness' by the workers? My heart goes out to those farmers and producers who took the initiative,risk and capital investment to produce some of the best wines in the world - and in the process created and maintained work for many thousands of people who, without this, have 'nowhere to go'. All-in-all I believe it is not the 'higher wages' that these people want - but the political (suicidal) agenda of taking the land from whites ala ANC redistribution policies.

      prince.mthalane.3 - 2013-01-11 06:14

      Some people can write hogwash! R69 a day is reason enough for people to strike let's us all be honest about it and stop playing blame game!

      Brian Dorning - 2013-01-11 06:53

      R69 isn't great at all, but these are the two outcomes of this. Its either R69 for the thousands of employees currently. Or 80% retrenchment, with the remaining 20% being the more skilled workers to operate the mechanization.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-11 11:11

      Prince.mthalan.3. You are correct. Now tell me why do you think government would set these wages so low if they really cared for the betterment of the people?.

  • Brian Dorning - 2013-01-11 06:55

    With a media car burns they cry, but they didn't shed any tears for the burning farms/property. I'm glad that they got a small taste

  • sipho.mbambesa - 2013-01-11 07:47

    I salute my comrades for taking action into their own hands. If they don't do something to get into the news papers their struggle will go unknown of!

      Brian Dorning - 2013-01-11 09:43

      Where is your ANC government in your time of need 'comrade'? Maybe its time to realize that your own 'comrades' don't give sh“t about you, they just lie to you to get your votes, then disappear and become corrupt, tender-proneur fat cats!

      bobby.jaan.92 - 2013-01-11 10:32

      These people are paid the minimum wages as prescribed by law - and more. As an unskilled seasonal worker you are deffinately not going to make it at this rate if you only work 3 months a year for sure! The question is, however, what are you doing during the rest of the 9 remaining months? Sit around the fire and complain - or roll up your sleaves, take some initiative and start a business of your own? Or further your education? You have 1,440 working hours to your disposal in this regard....

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-11 11:15

      Sipho.mbambesa. Strangely these people didn't protest before the Tony Ehrenreich and Fransman types wanted a way to kick start their ambitions. So who are you actually saluting, those that are being used or the users?.

  • theo.lagrange.7 - 2013-01-11 08:00

    The strikers are not farmworkers, they are unemployed, even if the min wage is raised to R150 per day, they will still be out of work. This area has an unemployment rate of 33%. Government must do something about unemployment and all will have work.

  • jairaj.sureschandra - 2013-01-11 08:13

    Those farmworkers are not strikers, but rioters. There is a vast difference between the two as each are defined differently. However, both may not attack the freedom of the press. Any attack on the press whether it is by throwing stones on or attacking journalists, passing laws limiting the freedom of the press etc., is an attack on the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa and should be opposed in the strongest way possible. The Constitution is the supreme law of this country and it must be protected at all costs ..... Those unruly, who attack the constitution should be seen in the same light as those who commit treason .....

      mandy.komlosy - 2013-01-11 09:23

      @jairaj. - what a well written, thought provoking comment. Well said.

      Brian Dorning - 2013-01-11 09:32

      secrecy bill?

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-11 11:21

    Didn't the governmnet say no violence will be tolerated?.

  • riad.mahomed - 2013-01-11 12:14

    I am a little puzzled by all this farm workers strike that’s taking place in the WC. 1) Is farming only done in the WC? 2) If no, why is the other farming region/community within SA not experiencing the same as the WC farmers? 3) Do you think we should get our pensioners to give a talk to these farm workers since they (pensioners) are living on little under R40 a day in a form of an “Old Age Grant” or do you suppose that the “Old Aged” would strike as well in the foreseeable future for a livable amount? Why is it good for one and not for the other, makes you think, doesn’t it.

  • lynne.barker.7 - 2013-01-11 14:03

    The unions, working for the ANC are causing all these strikes - the ANC does not want the DA there. Wake up strikers - you will not be the winners here!

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