Kirkwood unrest: How a peaceful march turned into a deadly, costly stand-off

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A group of farm worker block roads with burning tyres as they protest over wages increases on April 21, 2022 in Kirkwood. (Photo by Gallo Images/Die Burger/Lulama Zenzile)
A group of farm worker block roads with burning tyres as they protest over wages increases on April 21, 2022 in Kirkwood. (Photo by Gallo Images/Die Burger/Lulama Zenzile)
Gallo Images/Die Burger/Lulama Zenzile

The unrest in Kirkwood in the Eastern Cape that resulted in the death of a farmworker and caused an estimated R70 million in infrastructure damages, started as a peaceful march that turned violent. This after farmers angered the marchers by failing to show up to accept a memorandum of demands on 20 April.

That is according to Sundays River Valley Municipality (SRVM) manager Sydney Fadi.

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