Zuma asked to intervene in volatile farming area

2012-11-13 22:37

Johannesburg - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has asked President Jacob Zuma to intervene in the De Doorns farmworkers' wage dispute, her office said on Tuesday.

"The consequences of the current crisis will be very severe for the Western Cape and South Africa as a whole if they are not immediately addressed," Zille wrote in a letter to Zuma.

She asked him to delegate Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant to address the situation.

Zille also called on the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) to take part in the discussions without inciting intimidation.

"It is nothing short of a disgrace that a formal Cosatu statement announced 'Marikana has come to the farms."

On Wednesday, Cosatu Western Cape secretary Tony Ehrenreich said talks had to find a way for workers to get decent wages, and to end "the atrocious living conditions of workers on farms and in the informal areas".

"The ill treatment and under-payment of workers by some farmers must stop, otherwise we will see a Marikana in De Doorns," he said.

Farmworkers in the area started protesting last week in demand of R150 a day wage and better working conditions.

On Tuesday, a policeman had to be hospitalised after being hit on the head by a stone thrown by protesters. On Monday, 10 people were arrested for public violence and intimidation.

The Freedom Front Plus has also criticised Cosatu for making statements calling for violence.

FF Plus spokesperson Pieter Groenewald said on Tuesday it would ask the SA Human Rights Commission to investigate the "correctness" of statements attributed to Ehrenreich.

According to Groenewald, Ehrenreich allegedly told farmers: "There is already blood on the farmworkers and unless it stops there will be blood on the farmers of these farms.

"We will grab the land and give it to the rightful owners... We are here today to declare war. We are against violence, but if this is what it takes to force a bad farmer in a direction, then they should be smashed in that direction."

Groenewald said Ehrenreich apparently then told farmers that those who treated workers like dogs should be beaten until they stopped.

On Tuesday, Witzenburg municipality officials said protesting farmworkers had caused damage estimated at R500 000.

"Property damage has been sustained including the destruction of a packing shed, veld fires, damage to farming crops, burning of tyres in streets and throwing of stones," said municipal spokeswoman Anette Radjoo.

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-11-13 22:50

    Um.. If he has not intervened by NOW, I doubt he will. Remember Marikana. Surprised Juju hasn't 'jumped' on the band wagon.

      gladstone.dyonase - 2012-11-13 23:31

      Oohh Sally pleazzz!! When was the last time you heard about Juju? These cANCer guys are a bunch of skelems, they bought him out of these toyi-toyi he was always present at.

      mark.a.fysh - 2012-11-14 00:10

      Juju has had his bolt pulled, I guess, but Tony Ehrenreich more than makes up for it. He is a loose cannon if there ever was. Been around a bit, old Tony. Getting a bit middle-aged for all this Commie rhetoric. Call it a mid-life crisis if you will, but this dangerous man has basically shot his bolt - he is about the only one who doesn't know it. This man's constant rabid-fire doesn't touch people anymore, because everyone knows when this guy opens his mouth, pure poison escapes. I actually think Tony is bi-polar. Bit difficult to feel sorry for this creep, though. I think he should have been born in Cuba - who knows, perhaps he thinks he was? Tired of the Fishing Industry and finished with the bluster that covered up the ANC corruption there, he has now found another belated cause apparently, in the form of White Commercial Farmers. This would be all very well, except he is playing with lives in his pursuit of cerebral revolution (whatever). Someone needs to take this absurd, but dangerous man on and get him locked up.

      Adielie - 2012-11-14 07:07

      Juju started it, duh

      hein.huyser - 2012-11-14 07:12

      @sefako, kagiso, hendrik verwoerd et all, this situation is an indictment against the anc. The labour vs pay for these seasonal workers have been pegged by government. NOT THE FARMER. This is a ploy by Tony and his gang of fools to divert the attention away from the thievery at Zumaville, but I'm afraid it will just leave the real culprits with egg on their faces again. Why farmers? Simple, they are the common enemy of the people aka anc. This election tactics of the anc just shows you how backwards their thinking is and how desperate they are to keep their position at the honey pot. Sick, all of them. And those conned by them, shame on you

      brendaanne.anderson - 2012-11-14 07:39

      @sally lewitt Seem to remember the youth league (Malema - whether we like it or not)threatening to make the country ungovernable. Don't , for one minute think that because he was expelled from the ANC he does not have a say in the ANCYL and what they get up to. The Western Cape is burning - N2, Grabouw, Hawston, De Doorns and now Piketburg because ANCYL is destabilising the area. All these strikes are taking place on major highways. We ignore him at our peril.

      heathway.master - 2012-11-14 08:31

      With Mangaung just around the corner, I am sure Zuma is not the least bit interested in this minor distraction. May just take his mind of far more important issues than that of trying to run the country efficiently.

      aristar.aristary - 2012-11-14 09:57

      The whole of the ANC is a liability to South Africa, especially its useless leadership who have no brains, no heart and no balls.

      lisa.prinsloo.7 - 2012-11-14 11:49

      @Hendrik - The wages are determined by the Government, not the DA...and who is the head of the Government???? So the logical thing to do would be to....?

  • pippa.karsen - 2012-11-13 22:58

    The farm unrest is not just in de doorns. Ceres, tulbagh, Franshoek have all been afected. The strikers are burning down orchards, packstores and looting shops and many farmers fear for there lives at the moment. Very worrying stste of affairs.

      Cg Tours - 2014-10-08 15:38

      Get rid of the workers and hire people that do not belong to Unions and ANC. There are hundreds of thousands that are unemployed and would love a job and do not suffer from an entitlement mentality. Get these trouble makers off the farms..

  • francois.v.eeden.3 - 2012-11-13 23:00

    wie gaan betaal vir die skade...??

      duane.low - 2012-11-14 03:23

      dus tiepies, hulle soek alles vir niks maar wil die plek afbreek en af brand , as it ek was jaag ek al die werkers weg en gaan huur nuwe werkers wat soek vir werk, @ DubulaAmanzi ... nobody owes you an english comment so why dont you write one in your language and i will just scroll past it .... just like you should do!! die boer moet maar die skade betaal, ek so vir hulle gese het dat die reg maak coste derek van hulle so genoemde verhooging sal af getrek wort , en dit sal hul nou ongelukig maar meen dat daar die jaar nie a verhooging gaan wees nie en ook nie a kersvees bonus nie, danke se hulle barbiere gedrag , om nie te kan om a tafle sit en dit uit te praat nie.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-11-14 07:54

      @Dubula. Outdated? Please man. You just F...up your valid point. @justanotherguy.fromsa. I cant write proper English as well, but when a point gets carried over successful do one address the point or the language?

  • bernard.macdonald.37 - 2012-11-13 23:01

    He is busy focusing on Mangaung while his nation is falling apart he must quickly respond to this and make it up to the workers as their crisis are reasonable and he must again attend the matter at Lenacia cause if that is a serious issue there I'm sure Nomvhula and her office are smoking marijuana how could they do such things destroying a R300 000 house just to build a R10 000 RDP or maybe they're scared that the land has been taken now they don't have any land in their hand to build those scam RDP's of there's they are doing all this so that they can benefit from the construction of the RDP's through tenderings

      gladstone.dyonase - 2012-11-13 23:20

      Bernard, my brother you couldn't have said it clear and better. These are the bunch of st*pids f**ls that we voted for. How on earth could they destroy those houses in Lenasia, still they say its nothing yet.

      piet.strydom - 2012-11-14 00:06

      If the R3000 000 house was built illegally, then it must be destroyed. Everybody always cries the government must uphold the law, and now that it does, that is also not right!!??

  • william.letsong.5 - 2012-11-13 23:02

    Yes since government and Cosatu negociated the minimum wage and now act as if they never did, I think its high time that the president intervene and tell his party members to take responsibility since the Western Cape government are not responsible for the mess.

      burningdogz - 2012-11-14 06:02

      A quest to be treated with dignity?! I honestly support the appeal to increase salaries, it is a fair demand and not not insanly absurd demands. Sadly, because they act without dignity they are disregarded. Here is a life lesson, people will judge you on your actions and treat you based on their judgements. If you are going to act like an uneducated criminal who plunders and burns people will not have sympathy. If they decided to have a mass action during harvest season and protest vocally instead of destroying, they would have had more support. So the difference in me protesting with them and me crying for their fall is determine solely by them. All this while Cosatu "warns" there will be a second Marikana. Does he remember what happened at Marikana? I suggest Cosatu moves in and teaches their people about peaceful protest before the cops resolves this situation in their own violent language.

      ronald.stilianou - 2012-11-14 07:48

      Or, the farmers get fed up and lower themselves to their level and fight fire with dynamite. Time will tell, zooms is using this as a political tool but I don't think he realizes the severity of his " not interested" actions.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-11-14 08:06

      @william. Yes, a while ago they ALL decided on these minimum wages and now it is only one group's fault. The Unions, gov., workers and farmers were involved. but none had the fore-side to adjust it or do something positive about it. Yes it is, to my view, too little, but they all ignore it. The farms cant afford what the workers ask, but they should have had a better deal on hand before these happenings. The worst is that the politicians and unions are now involved and they are using and making a big f...up of it. Even that they were part of the original decisions. Their only solution is violence and that tells me that more are involve(opportunist) that we know of.

  • elaine.rodel - 2012-11-13 23:11

    I cannot believe this is SA sounds like our neighbour

      burningdogz - 2012-11-14 06:09

      Workers cannot listen to her? Dubu, the minimum wage price is set by the ANC . . . At least Zille has made multiple attempts to adress the workers, they did not want her help. Guess they are not that hungry then. She was also the most professional politician so far as calling for the other role players to unite ti deal with the situation shows that she cares more for the workers and bringing an end to this struggle then anyone else to this point. Zille is crying? What is Zuma and Malema doing? Nothing. Zuma is probably overseeing the hot tub installation in Nkandla and Malema, who knows, probably writing more songs to insult South Africans. Still, from what I have read from your comments I can easily deduce that your words are filled with hate, and as such your opinions care not for what is true but is only a valve spewing air to relieve you of anguish. No better than a hotheaded racist. I agree, let them strike, let their salaries be reviewed. Why is this not possible in a civil manner?

      james.harold.946 - 2012-11-14 08:11

      If the farmer puts up the salaries who is going to cover that cost? We are and those people who's salaries have been put up. Food will go up in price which means we will be sitting in the same position as now where the salaries are not enough its a vicious circle. We need the government to subsidize our farmers to be able to up the salaries and spend a little less on changing street,towns and city names. ('Government spend on what is important')Like your people.

  • sagebrush.bush - 2012-11-13 23:15


  • beertjie.peertjie - 2012-11-13 23:23

    While I often disagree with the manner in which strikers deal with their demands, I do think that R150 a day is not too much to ask. Of course, I may not understand the intricacies of payment scales. I'm a part-time dock worker getting 9 pounds an hour, which means that I earn more than what they claim for 2 hours of work. I'm just wondering. One thing I may add:the chances of me ever voting for the ANC again are zero.

  • Angelique.Barbie.Cronje - 2012-11-13 23:46

    R150 is nie baie nie, maar dan kry ons die mense in Villiersdorp by ons wat R200 n dag soek. Die manier wat die stakers omgewings en selfs besighede beskadig is selfsugtig en onaanvaarbaar, onskuldige mense word hierdeur benadeel en in gevaar gestel, en die polisie doen hul werk half. Hoekom spring hulle nie in en doen iets omtrent dit nie?! Ons is besig met eindeksamens en dit word toegelaat? Dis regtig swak! Ek as n Suid-Afrikaner kan glad nie meer met trots se eks van hier nie! Dis iets om van naar te word! Almal dink die boere het so baie geld ens. belasting moet hulle betaal en om al hierdie produkte van hul uit te voer kos n helse klomp geld wat uitgegee word deur die plaasboere! Dis nie verniet nie! Ek voel net die regering moet begin optree en doen wat reg is! N plaasboer wat waarskuwings skote geskiet het is toegesluit maar afbrandings van fabrieke ens. word toegelaat?? Pateties is nie die woord nie! Waarheen is SA oppad??

      beertjie.peertjie - 2012-11-13 23:53

      Ek stem saam!

      manqoba.zulu.54 - 2012-11-14 17:52

      Yabona ke wena uyahlanya akusiyona indawo yesibhunu le sithutha ndini : la kukhukunywa isingisi

  • nico.dejongh.90 - 2012-11-13 23:53

    Zuma and his bunker. Are we heading that way?. This treacherous plot to truimph as The Purger seems very auspicious.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-11-14 00:24

    Ehrenreich should be arrested forth with, he is in public office and instigating violence that has caused millions of rands in damage and injury to persons. He and his crew who have been running around the Cape region spewing hate speech should be arrested with out delay.

      glen.e.huysamer - 2012-11-14 07:17

      There are bona-fida organizations such as the CCMA which are more than willing to take up any such cases, they do not turn anybody away. They are also very successful in correcting any wrongs that might be occurring on farms. If the facts were researched I am sure that the farming industry over the last twenty years have done their utmost to clean up their act, more than any other sector. Rotten apples exist but this does not only include those of a particular race persuasion (in other words 'White') who fall short of providing proper benefits to there workers. (Case in point is Malema, who did not pay his worker for months) just to mention one name, that was in the news. I would love to bring up one really famous name amongst the ANC elite who owns farms who treats his workers appallingly, but I am sure that this will soon begin to make headlines. The fact is the ANC is going to burn themselves on this one just as they burned themselves at the 'Marikana Massacre', and at Lenasia, doing what is best for the poor. Zume must come and address the DeDoorns crowd and explain his theft of R250million to the protesting poor. He must come and explain why tribal lands in the Eastern Cape and other provinces remain under-developed under the management of kings and chieftains, while their landless subjects are basically chased off land to go work in the cities/mines and 'white commercial farms'. Yes I agrree with you arrest all who have wronged the poor workers, start with the ANC.

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-11-14 07:33

      if they are treated like dogs then why do they choose to work there you f*ckwit

  • fanie.barnard.92 - 2012-11-14 00:52

    Zuma won't lift a finger as usual because he is just a puppet. He is to busy to enrich himself and will lose out on billions if he does'nt make the cut at Mangaung. By opening his mouth he might say something that will offend his followers that put him up there and he will lose big time. What a disgrace it is when the president of a country is to scared to do something when a small bunch of mostly illegal foreigners, which his policies allowed into the county, can hold the economy of a whole region at ramson. Our country is on a downward spiral ever since he took "control" of the country. He's only start showing his real colours the last year and more so the last 6 months. "We will do it the African way and not the white man's way".

  • bjanks - 2012-11-14 00:54

    South Africa to the world "We are sinking, we are sinking" The only people reply are the Germans "Hello, Vat are you Zinking about?" The Reality is this is all planned by the ANC. They want to topple any chance the white have left to survive while just only a hand full on others benefit from it and again the masses will spiral deeper in poverty! This is worse than apartheid and one day we will pray for the fall of the ANC, "Desmond Tutu" We are worse of now than before the apartheid "Julius Dalema" When will Robert Mugabe come out and admit he is running the country?

      Muffin_man_can - 2012-11-14 05:25

      Very true bjanks, the anc wants chaos to ensue.. But l am already praying that God will redeem us from the hands of these Phillistines..

  • TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-11-14 01:26

    I was going to give you a breakdown of what it costs the average SA person to survive - the so-called middle class. Without children. I am so glad I don't have children that have to survive what is steadily happening to our Country. The ANC is playing the blame-game - and most of their citizens are completely unaware.

  • cya.khubone - 2012-11-14 03:03

    Well while some people may say that R70 is pinuts you have tp consider that farmes provide shelter for their employees and they are not obliged to do so, so let's say famers decides to increase wages to R200 a day and he then tells the workers that he will no longer provides shelter for them, and by the farmer doing so the workers will have to pay traveling fees of which will cost the workers half of wages a day, so people do the math and see which one is better, and to make matters worse the other things you find about these workers is that most of them have more than two childrend and usauly they are still in school, so why keep on making babies if you won't afford to take care of them.

      cindy.dunn.9 - 2012-11-14 06:30

      @maj the other 30 rand would have to pay for rent ..... Unless you know where they can live for free. I won't work for that pay but if I'm not happy with what my boss pays me, I look for another job.... Dunno maybe I just think differently

  • johnny.august.31 - 2012-11-14 03:45

    Mr Eirenrhigt is popularising himself in the western Cape ,He is making all this noise in order to garner support for the future takeover of the WC,Do not B surprised if one Ifluetial person From either ANC or COSATU go there N adrres the farm workers

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-11-14 05:37

    This is ridicules where must Jacob find the time to go to de doorns helen is well aware that jacob is in the middle of huge building renovations at home and require all his attention ,

      michael.kleber.376 - 2012-11-14 06:01

      Jerkwood its a labour problem I think the concerns is the damage to property which seems to be the norm in this country when protesting

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-11-14 07:54

      Michael, wake up fool. Zille is one million times more capable than JZ. she won "best mayor in the world" a few years ago. what has JZ won ???? his useless government is only rated fifth best in africa. check the Mo Ibrahim index. and thats in africa where the standard is f*cking low. JZ is still president and any citizen (including Zille) can expect him to pull his finger out his arse

  • Strikeback - 2012-11-14 05:43

    Please take some time to research Kumba's bonuses to all employees in 2011. They paid each employee a R500 000 bonus. This year they also were the victims of an unprotected or "Wildcat" strike. Employment and more specific, seasonal employment in this case, is based on supply and demand. Prices are also linked to production costs and farmers need make a profit. The market' own driving force is again suply and demand. If our products cost too much it is not in demand. Government set the wages after looking at these indicators. If they want to be prescriptive and unanomously increase wages, they must also provide protection to farmers and not allow cheaper products to be imported from other countries where labour is even cheaper. As far as the workers are concerned - if they behave like criminals, we should respect their choice, oblidge, and treat them like criminals.

      sarel.seemonster.925 - 2012-11-14 05:52

      Those were shares, NOT bonuses. Big difference. Thumbs up with the rest of your posting.

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-11-14 08:26

      exactly Strikeback. you obviously have an understanding of finance and economics. and Sarel is right, the R 500 000 wasnt a bonus, its how much the workers have gained from their shares appreciation. its staggering that they still striked for more money

  • Riaan Venter - 2012-11-14 05:43

    1 grape 1 farmworker

  • haroldcecil - 2012-11-14 05:47

    A waist of time 2 ask Jacob 2 intervene bc he only has his own interest at hearth and not that nof the country.As 4 Cosatu they jst desperate not 2 loose members bc the workers are not happy with them anymore

  • sarel.seemonster.925 - 2012-11-14 05:47

    Zuma has no control, ethics or savvy, only deep pockets.

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-14 06:01

    Mantashe also warned farmers of a \Marikana\ a while ago he said ...\Help emerging farmers... if you are not doing that you are going to have restlessness,\ he told the Agri SA congress in Muldersdrift.\r\n\r\nMantashe said the wildcat strikes across the country, including the violent illegal strike at Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana in August, were not \merely about wages\.....well there you have it its making the rounds within the ANC!!! If Zuma doesn't help out with this very serious issue the he may as well step down as the President of the country!!!!

  • phillipm.seopa - 2012-11-14 06:05

    What he's gonna do is to institute a commission or appoint a task team because the man can't apply his mind.

  • phoofolo.lebohang - 2012-11-14 06:19

    Where is Juju with his song kiss the farmer?

      Gatvol Griet - 2012-11-14 06:22

      Ha ha ha you naughty rascal!

  • deon.meiring - 2012-11-14 06:21

    Some here said Victory! Victory for the farm workers??? No sir this is not Victory. If you burn down your employment....then it is defeat, not Victory! Your comrades are turning this country into a dump at one hell of a pace, and you think it is Victory! BUT this is wat you guys want?? Like the rest of Africa.

  • calla.viljoen - 2012-11-14 06:25

    WE need A new goverment, one that will work for the people. 1 Billion rand missing from state coffers in 2011 -2012 financial year. Corruption (Theft) is bleeding this " rainbow nation" dry. I will pay my taxes no more to a bunch of money grabbers. All tax payers should pay as little tax as possible ( don't pay more than you have to ) We get noting back in return for paying tax.

      Annette Jacobs - 2012-11-14 06:38

      cala dont you know that taxpayers had zero choice, forced by goverment and deducted by employers, just like they want to do with toll roads, take it directly from your bankaccount. corruption escalate

  • Gatvol Griet - 2012-11-14 06:32

    Clever move Helen, showerhead was hiding when Marikana happened... there was an Indian fruit farmer whose packaging plant was burnt down. This isn't a provincial matter, especially not as an ANC faction is causing the unrest. 'Overheard' ANCYL on Facebook: 'What we are planning would make Zimbabwe look like child's play'

      siyabonga.phungula1 - 2012-11-14 07:35

      i beg to disagree this is not a political dispute its a labour dispute and its a wc matter which must be resolved by helen and her administration.

  • muke.matshaba - 2012-11-14 06:35

    If u want see all the labour dispute in our country dissapear,there is only one solution here let the president says folks (im no longer goin to renovate my home with the 230 million the treasury has given me,im taking it back wer it belong) Even the miners wud go back to work without worying worther they get the increase or not.

      mawandewonderman.mkuba - 2012-11-14 06:55

      Ingenaphi lento uyithethayo? Sdenge

  • werner.vandeventer - 2012-11-14 06:49

    Pathetic, that the president must be asked to do his job.

      siyabonga.phungula1 - 2012-11-14 07:28

      its zille's job to run the western. they must make up their mind they want zuma to go the next they want to run the province for them?

      wehan.victor - 2012-11-15 09:56

      Siyabonga, you MUST be a Zuma supporter. The WC is IN South Africa, of which Zoo-ma is president. Idiot.

  • celokuhle.khumalo.7 - 2012-11-14 06:50

    She can't even run a province and she think she can run the country If Zuma is not good enough for her why she always ask him for help.

      rayno.grever - 2012-11-14 07:28

      Considering she has tried the adult approach of sitting down and talking to these people who chose not to talk but to chant anc and throw stones at her what do you suggest she do? Or better yet: what would you do in the same situation khumalo7 ???

  • werner.vandeventer - 2012-11-14 06:51

    Dubula, gaan vlieg in jou moer in!

  • ontlhabanetsesteve.baepile - 2012-11-14 06:54

    Being illiterate doesnt mean you must be treated like a slave mrs.

  • peters.rapula - 2012-11-14 06:56

    clever move Zille,unlike so called north west premier.

  • quarty.vanzyl - 2012-11-14 07:12

    the shower man will rather fall pregnant before helping Zille

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-14 07:19

    The Dept of Labour set wages and if the farmers are compliant then what's the issue?? Its understood that the workers were paid more than what the Dept set!!! A Limpopo farmer was slapped With a R28mil fine for non compliance on a whole range of issues there were no protests??!! the WC had also commented at that time that there farmers were compliant!!! Soon after that there are protests and burning of vineyards!!! Doesn't add up!! If COSATU are not happy with farming workers wages then they must sit down with Dept of Labour and discuss!!! This is a Govt issue as wages are set by them!!!

      terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-14 07:32

      In fact the labour department had visited the area and did not find any farmer who paid below minimum wage!!! The Minister herself said the issue of wages need to be addressed so there you go I will say it again the President needs to helo, if not he must step down!!!

  • Simni - 2012-11-14 07:26

    Zille u want to pass motion of no confident yet u want same Zuma to Resolve your problem.this is crazy

  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-11-14 07:34

    The continued use of inflamatory language from cosatu in the Western Cape will have the effect of MAKING it a marikana. There is a minimum wage laid out and even if it is not enough its the basis for been paid that minimum. If any farmer is not paying it, procecute them. The leader of cosatu in the wc is poison in his outlook and words and must be brought to book by its national leaders. Where is Vavi?

  • sydney.nhlapo.3 - 2012-11-14 07:36

    DA passed a motion of no confidence in President Zuma now Zille needs help from the same incompetent and corrupt Zuma, how amazing.

      mawandewonderman.mkuba - 2012-11-14 09:50

      Hahaha interesting

  • busisiwe.kubeka1 - 2012-11-14 07:36

    Zille tell your supporters to pay better wages and improve working conditions. And stop dragging Zuma in your best run province

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-11-14 07:41

    If they don't want to work fire them... there is 10 nigerians and a 100 zimbabwians who would gladly take their job...

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-11-14 07:42

    This incompetent fool is the president that these hooligan farm workers voted for so of course one hooligan would listen to another... smart move zille

      siyabonga.phungula1 - 2012-11-14 08:34

      or may be an incompetent madam is running to competent Zuma for help

      manqoba.zulu.54 - 2012-11-14 08:52

      Siyabonga you will never winn with these idiots, they are so dom they will never talk sense

      wehan.victor - 2012-11-15 09:57

      I only see two "dom" people here.

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-11-14 07:43

    Being illiterate doesn't means its ok to cause R500 000 damage and get away scot free does it?

  • simone.joubert.79 - 2012-11-14 07:44

    I Yes Completely agree that 79 rand a day is not enough but in the same breath a lot of farmers can't afford 150 rand. Contrary to what people believe farming is not as lucrative as it was 50 years ago and 50 years ago farmers got help from the government what do white farmers get in the form of help from the current government? Nothing just threats, attacks and no protection. What they could do is give a subsidy to farmers to improve the living conditions. But that will never happen in my life time because it's more important for government officials to life like celebrities off the tax payers money than to put it to good use.

      riaan.hermann - 2012-11-14 09:44

      Agreed, i posted this before 1,6B rand for P16 Zuma road and 1,4 B for home inprovements MEC and ministers. count that together divide by 20,000 seasonal workers divide by 12 months divide by 20 Days = R150.00 per day for the next 4 years. and considering it is seasonal workers 4 months max it can last for 10 years. Subisdise the farmers like they do everywhere else in the world. We compete against imported prices with input costs well obove margins. I just have a feeling the chinese will start producing.

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-11-14 07:46

    This is proof your an idiot...

  • graham.goodman.77 - 2012-11-14 07:54

    Why would Zuma intervene? His cohorts-Ehrenracht et al- are making this province ungovernable they think! the fact that blocking a main artery is draining the whole economy goes right over the head of these morons. Once again, our under-utilised army needs to be drawn in to keep the roads open. In what other country in the world would riots such as these be allowed?

  • liezl.haramis.7 - 2012-11-14 08:14

    Barbaric, I agree, chase them off the land and give it to people begging at robots and living on the pavements!

  • siyabonga.phungula1 - 2012-11-14 08:39

    while i respect and endorse the rights of the workers to voice their grievances violence and damage to property is totally unacceptable.

      piet.motsoeneng - 2012-11-14 08:48

      I agree with you Siyabonga. Kimrad, what you just said is extremely rude and racist.

      piet.motsoeneng - 2012-11-14 10:27

      Kamard, you the one playing the race card here, and then you or News24 deleted that racist comment to make it appear as if I am the one playimg the race card. You cant be rude and hope to hidbehind the saying that truth hurts. I guess stupidity hurts even more.

  • john.p.steyn - 2012-11-14 08:42

    Eric J Mkhize! You're a stereotype pal. I already know what you're going to say before you say it. You sound like a young or intellectually immature dude, desperately regurgitating the provocative statements that you've heard other black okes tune. Live a little, meet some people other than your hated privileged whites and you may become more moderate in your views. We love the reassurance of saying the same stale things sometimes hey bru?

  • hezekiel.lefopane - 2012-11-14 08:53

    I thought she is a leader now I doubt ...why call on JZ to must just give this workers reasonable offers...she must deal with same

      wehan.victor - 2012-11-15 09:59

      Maybe because he is president?

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-11-14 08:54

    Siyabonga by the looks of your profile picture you are def on the anc gravy train...

      siyabonga.phungula1 - 2012-11-14 10:49

      sorry to disappoint bro i am just a junior employee.