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Warning of farmworkers' unrest spreading

2013-01-11 12:03

Johannesburg - A commission of inquiry is needed to prevent the unrest amongst Western Cape farmworkers spreading across the country, the Christian Democratic Party (CDP) said on Friday.

“There are simply too many fault-lines criss-crossing the country with the potential of spreading violence all over South Africa, especially if it is being instigated," said CDP leader Theunis Botha.

Botha said a commission of inquiry was needed as strikes by farmworkers turned violent this week in parts of the Western Cape.

He said the conclusions of previous investigations into the problems in the agricultural sector were varied, often subjective and even politically influenced.

“At this stage perceptions of what is going on are so diverse that finding solutions are almost impossible, feeding the prospect of a domino effect all over the country,” said Botha.

On Thursday police used a water cannon and fired rubber bullets and stun grenades in an attempt to disperse thousands of strikers who pelted them with stones. The strike by seasonal workers to have their R69 daily wage increased to R150 resumed on Wednesday.

Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that 18 people were arrested on Thursday, bringing the total to 62 this week.

Comments
  • altusvanzyl - 2013-01-11 12:16

    Look at the guys poster. We ''demond''. I think they should demand better education. Anc and rent a crowd again.

      Jaap - 2013-01-11 13:20

      Altus, maybe it stand for "Demons" not far of the mark!

  • darryl.maze1 - 2013-01-11 12:19

    It wont spread to other provinces because this has been politically motivated by the ANC and Tony the idiot to try make the WC ungovernable. The only reason it wont spread to other provinces is because they are run by the Corrupt cANCer

  • impi.masondo - 2013-01-11 12:20

    the crimes against farmworkers are going on for to long the land belong to the people

      gareth6pike - 2013-01-11 12:25

      No the land of the farms belongs to the farmers, actually. And what 'crimes' - substantiate?

      neelso - 2013-01-11 12:30

      Then what are you waiting for you wuss?? I'm sick and tired of you and your ilk spewing that rubbish on public forums. It is not "your" land, do some freakin' research instead of listening to your pathetic, uneducated, corrupt, Stalinist and arrogant "leaders". It is truly shocking how easily manipulated the massas of South Africa are. For crying out loud THINK! Instead of spewing that drivel, pick up a tool, use your noggin and make something out of yourselves. If you wish to lead, first learn to obey.

      Brian Dorning - 2013-01-11 12:36

      Land belongs to the person who purchased it. If the people have a right to the land, then whats stopping them from going into a residential and claiming the land under which a building/ house is constructed?

      simon.duvenage - 2013-01-11 12:38

      The farmlands belong to the farmers - if it ended up in the hands of the "people" it would become just that - land. Simply because they can't farm - present day evidence exists to support this. Demand and supply buddy - if you don't like it don't work and count yourself lucky that you haven't been replaced by mechanization (personally think this is the way for the farming community to go).

      spark.indarkness.5 - 2013-01-11 12:39

      The land means little without modern ways of working it. Tractors will always run on oil and diesel and the african subsistence farming will never return. The simple reality is that you need a modern education, and without that you will always be cheap labor. Only education can suffice as a solution... forever. If you burn down the farms than South Africa loses its trade leverage. It would be like paying chemotherapy prices for a can of doom type scenario. You'd simply plunge deeper into the claws of the west. Exactly like zim, come to think of it.

      Brian Dorning - 2013-01-11 12:40

      @neelso, this is how the ANC gets votes, they brainwash the uneducated masses into believing that they are entitled to something. Of coarse its going to be appealing to someone who has nothing, someone who wants something for free.

      neelso - 2013-01-11 13:01

      @Brian, and that is the fertilizer from which a communist revolution grows out of, crazy ideology . Those who forget history, are to doomed to repeat it. All the signs are there. Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Idi Amin created a revolution by doing two main things, unite the masses against a domestic enemy and full the masses heads with false heavenly lies.

      lizette.wilsenach - 2013-01-11 13:12

      Ag Sparkie how must they send their children to school for an edcation on R65 per day? Their children must work side by side with the adults just to keep alive. Subsistence farming so by the way is the ONLY way to ensure everybody can make a living, that does not mean there shouldn't be commercial farming though.And YES the land belongs to the people. Humans have nothing BUT the land. Nothing that is comes from anywhere else, and no-one owns this earth

      neelso - 2013-01-11 13:13

      @Lizette, the farmers dont have to pay them stuff all, it is their choice to work there, they are free to leave as they wish. I'll say this again, the workers are not bound by any means in any way to hang around. There are millions of people around who are more than willing to work for all those things the farm workers are getting for free instead of sleeping on the streets with nothing. If they want something for free they should go look in the eyes of the ANC fatcats.

      neelso - 2013-01-11 13:16

      @ Lizette, your a child, learn some economics and the consequences that will follow suit after these strikes. Think ahead instead of now.

      trish.hawks.9 - 2013-01-11 18:01

      @lizette, you bring back a memory from the days I lived in Harare - a lady with very much the same mindset as you walked into a supermarket demanding to know why there was no bread or flour a few months after they had removed the farmers from the land - that fruit juice you buy in the supermarket will disappear from the shelves shortly and no doubt you will not realise that it comes from fruit grown by the very farmers you choose to castigate. Don't be fooled that the farmer earns what you pay - 90% is profit for the supermarket chain!

      jeffrey.d.walker.9 - 2013-01-11 23:32

      and you fall under the people, your are an uneducated idiot, Western Cape never ever belonged to the likes of you people

  • thabelo.maraka - 2013-01-11 12:20

    Another commission of enquiry ? Is it that difficult for these people to settle their differences like the grown ups they are?

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2013-01-11 12:20

    Would not be surprised if the unrest is also politically motivated, as is the case in the W.Cape where Tony Ehrenreich is involved. So when food shortages arise who will be to blame. What these strikers must be aware of should the produce not reach the markets in good condition if at all, no money will be forthcoming and so no jobs. Makes sense!!@

      spark.indarkness.5 - 2013-01-11 12:42

      it is politically motivated. When last have you heard government apologize for mistakes or people resigning on charges of corruption or even when found out... resign. They have zero interest in being accountable and the result is that rome will burn for as long as they can remain in power. lies serve them well now.

  • nettie.potgieter.5 - 2013-01-11 12:21

    Don't worry it will not spread the ANC only want die WC.

  • tiaan.truter - 2013-01-11 12:35

    Okay...This is wat I think,R65 per month is nothing...Food ect ect is expensive,and living is getting more and more expensive.BUT you dont act like a animal when you strike or ask for more money.I blame unions and the government for not controlling these people.

      trish.hawks.9 - 2013-01-11 18:04

      They earn R69 per day not a month! Most farmers pay more than that plus perks.

  • siphiwo.maurice - 2013-01-11 12:40

    This is sad as, we remember, Marikana, started the same pattern, low and unnoticed untill, humans were blown into pieces, just for a living wage. I support the idea of an inquiry, but such will take time. A solution is needed now before the whole sector burns. I was looking at the figure of R69.00 a day, ie: R 1932.00 per month, who can live on this people? There is no special price of bread for the farmworkers, we all pay the same. The Government and all other stake holders, need to intreven urgently and resolve this impass.

      riad.mahomed - 2013-01-11 13:27

      @sipwhiwo.maurice: funny you ask such a question. Maybe you should ask the elderly since they are living on a grant that the government give them which is less than R40 a day (ie: R1,200 pm) yet do we see them striking for more money? What’s good for the goose, should be good for the gander, so how about fighting for our elderly as well........

      ludallmann - 2013-01-11 18:30

      Siphiwo Khuzwayo, as others have already said, this is not about the money. It is about politics and getting the ANC into power in the Western Cape. Farm workers in other regions are not striking - are they earnijng more??

  • philip.vde - 2013-01-11 12:42

    Enough is enough , use live ammo

      lj.roos - 2013-01-11 14:25

      No, don't.

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2013-01-11 12:47

    If this continues we're heading for another Moodys/Standard & Poor downgrade and R10+ to the dollar. Hello Zimbabwe...here we come. Wonder if Cyril will be able to pull some magic rabbits out of the hat.

  • bongani.nsele.58 - 2013-01-11 12:54

    it is the ANC's fault they are the ones who unilateral set farm wages at R69.00....us landowners / farmers had nothing to do with it...we will never pay other human beings that pittance, we are merely following this government's orders...take it

  • jairaj.sureschandra - 2013-01-11 12:55

    We don't need a commission of enquiry to deal with rioters, we need a police force with backbone to deal with this unruly mob. There is surely a more orderly way of dealing with labour disputes than in the manner of unnecessary violence.... by so-called strikers .....

  • Brian Dorning - 2013-01-11 12:58

    Our farmers are battling to make ends meet as it is, its time that the government subsidizes us! They should also tax other food imports heavily to keep the money within our own borders helping our economy to grow. All SA are victims because of the incompetence of our government

  • Rob - 2013-01-11 12:59

    Hey Minister Oliphant when are you going to say something on the disgraceful minimum wage that you are responsible for authorizing.....the silence continues....unbelievable!

  • phillip.cwazibe - 2013-01-11 13:00

    Those arrested must give evidence that they are farm employees. if they can not, they must face criminal charges and sentenced.

  • patrick.m.vianello - 2013-01-11 13:09

    The country is damaged - irreversibly! The rot was started with the flawed negotiations of 1994 at CODESA. It was a settlement which was never going to be sustainable into the far future. Where are you now De Klerk? Where are you now Mandela? Where are you now Pik Botha? Where are you now Roelf Meyer and Cyril? You never wanted to hear the Afrikaner Volksfront headed by General Viljoen and Hartzenberg! You never wanted to hear Chief Buthelezi's call for a federal system of governance where government is far less centralized! A federal system which would eventually lead to seperate countries been created in South Africa where the rule of law would be far easier to implement as the countries would be smaller! Declare the union of 1910 illegal (implemented due to the British illegally annexing the Boer Republics), that was the only way for a fighting chance. An event on the other side of the republic, say northern KZN affects the western half of the Northern Cape where the demographic is so totally different! Total flaw in this place been 1 country. De Klerk - you have blood on your hands my friend!

      Giel Bee - 2013-01-12 08:59

      @ Patrick. I applaud you for your comment. This is what i call a solution to the endless list of problems in our beautiful country. Its a pitty that only a handful of people can realize this. a Very wise man once told me that the thing about common sense is, it's not common.

  • Thembane.wa.Mahlaza - 2013-01-11 13:12

    some of you have hairy Hearts, you just want to see this Nation devided....for what?

  • liezl.haramis.7 - 2013-01-11 14:41

    Simphiwe...you and others like you will surely see your asses if you try!!!! You have noooo idea how f#$@ing fed up we are!!!!

  • luna.moon.5243817 - 2013-01-11 16:30

    Here is a plan for the western cape...fire all the strikers and employ jobless white people

  • luna.moon.5243817 - 2013-01-11 16:32

    maybe time for another Marikana?

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