Western Cape highway closed over protest

2012-11-05 10:48

Cape Town - About 500 farm workers protested on the N1 highway at De Doorns on Monday morning, Western Cape police said.

Lieutenant Colonel André Traut said the workers were locked in a wage dispute.

The highway between Touws River and De Doorns was closed as a precautionary measure, with traffic diverted through Ceres.

No arrests were made and police were monitoring the situation.

  • luke.dekoker - 2012-11-05 10:59

    An anc Political Stunt??

      LutherKingsley - 2012-11-05 13:19

      I'm feeling angry now, I'm going to throw trash in the streets and burn some tyres... wow the reasoning and acts of these baffoons.

      hendrik.verwoerd.94 - 2012-11-05 16:07

      Luke Can I please ask you and everybody else to stop blaming anyone before you have the facts about the protest. It is very obvious who the majority of news 24 readers vote for and it does not help that we every time generalise and then pat ourselves on the back. We are alienating potential voters. If this is what we want, how will we ever get into power? Let us ascertain what the issues are before jumping on the DA wagon again.

      honey.deelishus - 2012-11-05 16:54

      ANC INSTRUCTION TO DE DOORNS WORKERS - Protest! We'll supply the signs saying R16500 after deductions. That'll teach those whitey's! R500 a day for a domestic worker? hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahah!

  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-11-05 11:32

    My reply was deleted? So sad. Here it is: The issues was created before the DA took over ,the anc created the problems and laws to not be able to clear the nest out. Anyhow your friend sipho says we fools because we cannot read as this is between Owners and workers although my comment was about workers breaking the LAWS of the land,control it..

  • christopher.m.lowe - 2012-11-05 11:38

    Whipped up by the ANC, desperate to stop the DA's excellent management of the Western Cape province. The farm workers should realise how fortunate they are to have a job and how lucky they are to benefit from housing and education for them and their families. How ironic that workers in this DA run province are much better off than their fellow citizens elsewhere in ANC controlled SA.

      duduzile.nkosi - 2012-11-05 11:57

      The govt cleaning jobs in the EC were bemoaned just yesterday but today measly farm workers in the WC should be grateful. WOW! Talk about double standards

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-05 12:13

      Duduzile.nkosi. How do you know the jobs were measly?. Reading through racist glasses again?.

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-05 11:41

    Are any of them certified eastern cape refugees from education demanding Tony Error'reich's Tokai houses after taking refuge in the western cape for only one week? Or are they bussed in from #nkandlagate excess day terrorists?

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-11-05 11:47

    When a bank is robbed or someone is killed the police would not just be monitoring the place. Do your work and arrest or remove these illegal protestors, they are breaking the law.

  • Andrea - 2012-11-05 11:51

    At first glance this pic looks like any other street anywhere in Africa (except it still has some decent tar), however, I know different. We have BECOME the rest of Africa. Thanks Zoemer.

  • francois.v.eeden.3 - 2012-11-05 11:56

    ANC trying to make the WC ungovernable...

  • Karabo Phetoane - 2012-11-05 12:01

    why should this people be arrested? because its in Cape Town.Cape is as messed as any other province,thanks to the DA this time around

      marnus.lamprecht - 2012-11-05 12:14

      Karabo next time before posting a comment consult Google and then you might learn that De Doons is no where a part of Cape Town, roughly 150km away...and some more facts for you, a lot of the people causign the trouble in De Doorns are immigrants and they are in SA cause the idiots running this country found it good to open our borders to even more uneducated striking people. Next the reason why they could/should be arrested is because these people prevent to people that actually work to do their work. Why should working law-abiding citizens suffer because of the people?

  • llrudman - 2012-11-05 12:06

    Stop hiring people you can't trust... there are plenty of struggling white families who are denied a honest living because of their skin color... I don't see white farm workers burning tires or murdering you in your sleep.... Look at Jewish kibbutz's....

  • stephen.j.dickson.3 - 2012-11-05 12:14

    If I could just blink and all the ANC supporters all dissapeared,you'd think I had a nervous tic because I wouldn't stop blinking for fear of them ever coming back...........bottom line

  • mahlorislash - 2012-11-05 13:26

    ANC, DA? I do not think any of the protesters are thinking about that, they are probably thinking of the mouths they have to feed. But then again, the elites and the dumb will always drive things where they want them to go. If we could get figures as to how much they get and how much they want, it would make it easier to comment.

      Desilusionada - 2012-11-05 14:47

      "how much they get and how much they want They get a job and they want the farm. Because they believe the BS told to them by the ANC. 40% Unemployment and they still make a noise......

  • strikeback.strikeback - 2012-11-05 13:35

    Wage disputes can be mistaken for service delivery disputes the way people see employment as a right and not a privilage. However, why is nothing done about the rights violation of the general public during imdustrial and public action.

  • hanneke.wet - 2012-11-05 18:36

    This strike is turning into a mess. A lot of my friends live their and the farms is being burned down! I am asking myself how is this right? Why must my friends live in fear, because of \a once legal strike\ now turning into a disaster... Just a question, why is there something like a legal strike anyway !!! Just like the Marikana strike, \once legal\ it turned into a blood field. How can we negotiate better, in a more civilized manner, so that all can benefit, and not destroy?

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