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'Political' protest at Cape wine area

By Sapa | Nov 06, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 40 ]

Around 8,000 farm workers gathered in De Doorns this morning following a violent protest that left vineyards in flames

“The situation is very tense, but police seem to be in control at the moment. They’ve also called for reinforcements to come and a helicopter is on its way,” said Wouter Kriel, spokesman for agriculture MEC Gerrit van Rensburg.

He said it looked as though the group was planning to march.

Van Rensburg, community safety MEC Dan Plato and cultural affairs and sports MEC Ivan Meyer met with police, local safety authorities and the farming community at around 8am to discuss a plan of action.

Kriel said they had not made it clear what they wanted or why they were protesting.

“There is no specific leadership and no list of demands... one thing that is very important is to get dialogue going.” 

Breede Valley mayor Basil Kivedo was expected to address the crowd later in the day to try and establish their needs.

The provincial government was also calling in an experienced negotiator to handle the situation.

The N1 highway had to be closed between Touws River and De Doorns on Monday when farm workers gathered on the road.

Over 30 hectares of vineyards were destroyed in the protest.

Western Cape police said at the time the cause of the protest was likely a wage dispute, but the agricultural department said this was incorrect.

“This is not a labour strike and [is] not organised by farm workers, even though farm workers are involved. It seems to be politically motivated,” Kriel said.

“There is a lot of intimidation going on. We have a lot of seasonal labour on the farms starting for [the] grape season. We are adamant that it is not traditional workers who are involved, but the seasonal workers.” 

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South Africa is in crises

Nov 06, 2012 12:13 | 0 replies

May the great God Bacchus strike them all down - sacrilege, I say, sacrilege. What ever next? The hops?

Nov 06, 2012 2:52 | 0 replies

Robin x, Blackstone lebs is not "color blind"

Nov 06, 2012 2:41 | 0 replies

Blackstone.lebs: "when the dust settles they'll go back to drinking papsak and breeding for grants" WOW SIR, and who's the racist?

Nov 06, 2012 2:34 | 0 replies

Stoning innocent people's cars, setting buildings alight, burning crops, are criminal. Studies have been done on these kind of riots. Allot of the people does not even know what started it in the first place. it is just for the sake of ransacking and plunder...........

Nov 06, 2012 2:23 | 0 replies

Over 30 hectares of vineyards were destroyed in the protest.
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These bloody vineyards better start listening to the workers demands...

So the state has just lost 30ha worth of sin-tax; and when the dust settles they'll go back to drinking papsak and breeding for grants.

Nov 06, 2012 2:22 | 0 replies

Kata: I give up. One cannot pursue a rational conversation with people determined to be irrational. So please, just suit yourself and continue singing solo. Have a pleasant afternoon. I disengage.

Nov 06, 2012 2:21 | 0 replies

Just another instigation from the Anc/ancyl to make the Western Cape ungovernable. Katakat, stop your racist drivel. You and alike will blame the whites forever for your own mistakes. It is a trend these days......

Nov 06, 2012 2:19 | 0 replies

@Robin X Racism is terrible affliction, but deliberate ignorance is much worse.


Couldn't have said it better. Enough said

Nov 06, 2012 2:15 | 0 replies

@RobinX
Kata: I give up. One cannot pursue a rational conversation with people determined to be irrational. So please, just suit yourself and continue singing solo. Have a pleasant afternoon. I disengage.
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Pleasant one to u too Rob.Lol

Nov 06, 2012 2:54 | 0 replies

Zille is in Nkandla while her province is burning

Nov 06, 2012 2:56 | 0 replies