Minister won't meet W Cape farm wokers

2012-11-10 14:13

Johannesburg - Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson would not be meeting with farm workers in De Doorns in the Western Cape, her office said on Saturday.

"Joemat-Pettersson is not scheduled to attend any meetings in De Doorns today [Saturday] However, if there are any changes, the media will be informed," said her spokesperson Palesa Mokomele.

Mokomele said on Friday that Joemat-Pettersson scheduled a meeting for Saturday to seek a solution to labour disputes on farms in the Western Cape.

The meeting would follow ongoing negotiations between farm workers and farmers to reach a settlement agreement to end the wage dispute, she said on Friday.

Joemat-Pettersson would attend a meeting in Cape Town on Saturday together with ministers of labour and police, the provincial government, representatives of farmer unions and farm workers.

Farm workers in De Doorns began protesting on Monday, demanding wages of R150 a day, improved living conditions, electricity, and an end to illegal evictions, illegal immigrant workers, and labour brokers.

Earlier in the week, protests resulted in vineyards being burnt, a number of arrests, and the closure of the N1 between Touws River and De Doorns.

  • Desilusionada - 2012-11-10 14:18

    One cannot run the risk of having that beautiful fur coat being soiled by the unwashed hordes now, can one? I mean really, what were these people thinking! Besides, the Gucci shoes were not made for walking in a vineyard. And the Cape sun can be so devastating on the skin.....

      lownabester - 2012-11-10 14:31

      Love your comment, Those shoes were not made for walking :)

      alisha.abad.7 - 2012-11-10 15:02

      The press better got their butts to Villiersdorp, as there is planned unrest there on Monday. I hope they catch the thugs on tape and film, so the ANC organisers and their rent-a-crowd goons can be swiftly prosecuted.

      larry.piggott1 - 2012-11-10 15:11

      She drinks the stuff made there. Not interested in seeing where, how, when, just likes to guzzle it.

      brendaanne.anderson - 2012-11-10 15:47

      As the saying goes : " Only animals wear furs " !

      colin.dovey - 2012-11-10 16:08

      The News24 headline reads: "Minister won't meet W Cape farm WOKERS" Yup they are not WORKERS are they?

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-11-11 00:43

      Govt best catch a wake-up. This refusal to interact with the very people they claim to represent, love and care for is downright rude and disrespectful. Marikana was clearly not enough to drive this message home.

      willem.vanrensburg.562 - 2012-11-13 14:38

  • lownabester - 2012-11-10 14:21

    Tina, you are one of the biggest trouble makers, Take Tony and Fransman with you and get the hell out of the Western Province.

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-10 14:22

    To be sure! They'll all demand payment for the service of being bused in and for orchestrating havoc and "ungovernability on demand", while she is still busy frantically paying up front the non service that will never happen around the 'Palais Royale Nkandla Khaya". It is not only on instruction of the half way wannabe youth organisations - it all stems from further up the feeding frenzy hierarchy that needs the VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE passed.

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-10 14:25

    No her house is being upgraded why would she want to be with disgruntled workers!!! She needs to make sure the gold taps and gold toilet are being put in oh and of course the gold staircase!!!!!!! Don't forget the persian carpets etc etc etc....

  • - 2012-11-10 14:35

    what, might i ask is a woker?? ffs

      terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-10 14:44

      Lol that's News24 for you never do a spell check and not really the best writing they should copy and paste other newspapers stories as they sometimes do!!!

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-11-10 14:53

      The same as an stroker. Lol

      larry.piggott1 - 2012-11-10 15:09

      The opposite to Sleeper.

      jan.roodt1 - 2012-11-10 20:18

      What is a woker? Somebody who pitch up at the place where they are supposed to work, hang around the whole day, doing nothing at all and go back home at 5, expecting to get paid a fortune for just being present for the day.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-11-12 10:27

      Some Cape Tonians don't use the R's so much in speach, but this is talking it a bit too far!

      ludi.birk - 2012-11-12 10:33

      The opposite of s slipper

  • quarty.vanzyl - 2012-11-10 14:41

    well, the ANC is behind this unrest, so it will be kind of a surprise if an ANC minister shows up to calm the strikers down!

      larry.piggott1 - 2012-11-10 15:08

      The ANC is behind everything that is wrong in this Country.

      Phil.Kleynhans - 2012-11-10 15:58

      They won't cause they can't even control their own people. There is no worse governance ever as seen in SA. They are competing against Zimbabwe

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-11-10 14:43

    She is not only 5 kinds of stupid but also arrogant and selfish.

      larry.piggott1 - 2012-11-10 15:08

      And also ignoring what is her responsibility. Typical ANC.

  • norman.buchalter - 2012-11-10 14:55

    Oor minister likes Gucci shoes and furcoats. Of course she cannot meet the workers cos the stench of government disinterst and incompetence would be too strong even for her Chanel NO 5 cologne. Fire the entire bunch of self-centred, greedy AenC ministers. This goverment's human rights abuse continues unabated.

  • richard.turner.7792052 - 2012-11-10 14:55

    Well what shall we do tonight then....oh yes let's opena bottle of French as there is no more South African wine made any more......

  • joe.smit.549 - 2012-11-10 14:58

    Something Fishy going on here!

  • KennySven - 2012-11-10 14:58

    Fur coat purchased on perks account?

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-11-10 15:00

    Joe ma!!!!

      joe.maah.9 - 2012-11-10 15:31


  • alisha.abad.7 - 2012-11-10 15:01

    The press better got their butts to Villiersdorp, as there is planned unrest there on Monday. I hope they catch the thugs on tape and film, so the ANC organisers and their rent-a-crowd goons can be swiftly prosecuted.

      larry.piggott1 - 2012-11-10 15:06

      How do you know this?

      sonia.swarts - 2012-11-10 17:18

      Its all over facebook and the farmers have been asking for help and not even a word on the news.

      Michael - 2012-11-11 20:10

      Believe it or not, the first time I saw this news was in an American newspaper! When I searched for it last week in news24 I could not find it! Question: is news been purposely suppressed in SA, and if so for what reason!

  • bryan.culross - 2012-11-10 15:32

    The corruption we hav in this country and the incompetancy of the gov is the true legacy of Nelson Mandela and all those that supported the so-called move to democracy (including the late Ted Kennedy, Oprah, Andrew Young, Jane Fonda) should now speak out in the same way as they did in the past (excepting of course for Kennedy).

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-11-10 16:11

    She won't be because she can't, she is known to all as a sell out....

  • sonia.swarts - 2012-11-10 17:29

    Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, well seeing that u are not doing your job it is only right that u step down and somebody else elected for your position. Not only are u receiving a grand salary but refusing to do your work is grounds for dismissal. if u were serious about your work you would have been there yesturday already. We the public are paying for you to sit in your chair. You have an obligation weather u like it or not.

      brendaanne.anderson - 2012-11-10 17:47

      Well put Sonia.swarts I agree wholeheartedly with you.

  • carole.smith.984349 - 2012-11-10 18:19

    What are "Farm wokers"? Is your reporting also de-generating to ANC standards?

  • Thabiso Tlou Moloto Davis - 2012-11-10 19:21

    AT par: agree more with!

  • acm.munro - 2012-11-10 20:14

    How on earth did she get this job in the first place?????

      glen.e.huysamer - 2012-11-10 22:58

      They say she met somebody under a shower???????

      KennySven - 2012-11-12 19:11

      Nothing more than just a very busy,doing nothing, Quota Token Coconut (an ex grape picker) with lovely expensive RayBan's, oops sorry those are her nostrils.

  • clive.kihn - 2012-11-10 21:42

    Of all the useless ministers in this govt, this one is arguably the worst. She sits in her ivory tower, contributing absolutely zilch to the country. Just as Angie wouldn't go to Limpopo during the textbook debacle, so this one fiddles while the vineyards burn. Oh for a strong leader who holds his ministers accountable, but, alas, JZ cares for only one thing (and one person) at this point in time: his re-election as head of the ruling (ha! ha!) party.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-11-11 01:16

      Susan Shibangu was also "too busy" after the 1st 10 were killed @ Marikana. Once you have the "by the people" part sewn up for ever, the "for the people" no longer applies

  • karl.styane - 2012-11-10 21:43

    Ag ridiculous , wasnt there recently a cogregation in order to uplift social cohesion? And now the perfect opportunity arises and she does not step up to the occasion. Purely incompetence

  • eugene.henning.3 - 2012-11-11 07:56

    Not scheduled to attend a meeting?!\r\nYou are beyond pathetic...alleged minister or not!\r\nThis is a crisis, but you work according to you precious schedule?!\r\n\r\nTypical of the level of incompetence the alleged minister project appointed by the corrupt and useless ANC!

  • hugh.robinson.56 - 2012-11-11 08:03

    I seriously do not see the problem. She is not going to meet with "WOKERS" The head does not say she is not meeting the WORKERS. So what is the fuss about?

  • Gatvol Griet - 2012-11-11 12:50

    How do WOKERS differ from 'wacka's' is it a W Cape thing?

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-11 13:16

    Just had the lips botoxed, can't be in the sun too long.

  • Matthew - 2012-11-12 12:13

    Fire the protestors that burnt the vineyards.And have them arrested. And then for those that wernt involved and had to deceny to protest/negotiate peacefully,Give them the wage increase and all that. Make the right example. and let those that would destroy,burn and result to means of violence and destruction learn that,that barbaric behaviour will not be tolerated. Its the equivalent of a child throwing a tantrum for the hell of it,despite whatever reason they could claim to have. They need a spanking/lesson as to how behave, and a bit of business logic. you dont burn the merchandise that gets you paid at the end of the day. *light bulb moment*

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