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ANC calls for wine boycott

By Sapa | Nov 14, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 86 ]

The ANC in the Eastern Cape called for the boycott of South African wines as farmworkers demanded higher wages and better working conditions.

Eastern Cape ANC spokesman Mlibo Qoboshiyane said people would be supporting workers' exploitation if they continued buying South African-produced wine.

"Next time people binge on wines from the Western Cape, they must know that they support exploitation of black workers," he said.

Farmworkers in the De Doorns area went on strike a week ago in demand of a R150 daily wage and better working conditions.

Qoboshiyane said farmers could afford to pay the workers what they wanted.

"The South African wine industry is making a lot of money locally and internationally; therefore, the wage demands of the workers are realistic and can be met by the employers."

He said Western Cape premier Helen Zille was failing to back the workers because farm owners were financing the Democratic Alliance -- the party she leads.

"The people of the Western Cape deserve a better leader than Zille," he said.

Earlier, Zille wrote a letter to President Jacob Zuma, asking him to intervene in the crisis.

De Doorns municipal officials said on Tuesday that violent strike action had resulted in 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.

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.

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Our ministers are clueless, but Jomatt takes the top spot.

Nov 14, 2012 9:40 | 0 replies

@antie - No no no no no no no no

con artist - a swindler who exploits the confidence of his victim!!

Nov 14, 2012 10:41 | 0 replies

Tasto, exactly what I said. The word con is short for confidence.
Are you saying the ANC is not using their voters' confidence in them to rob them blind.

Nov 14, 2012 10:45 | 0 replies

@Tasto_

I'm not sure I understand you! Why is it under the belt? While I have no problem with people wanting to earn a better wage I beleive the ANC are liberation army con-artists masquerading as polititians with criminal intentions not social justice in mind. Any involvement in the conflict between workers and employers, where government sides with one party over the other does not bode well for the economy. This is why SA's growth is way behind that of the other BRICS nations and why the economic divide between workers and employers will not get solved, but will degenerate into a loose loose situation with the flight of capital and the poor getting even poorer.

Nov 14, 2012 10:45 | 0 replies

@TheNewFreedomFighter - my friend con artist is a swinlder\fraudster\criminal!! Is that what you meant?

Nov 14, 2012 10:49 | 0 replies

@!#Sinudeity#!
I so much agree with you. Why didnt the ANC call for platinum boycott when so many people were killed by their police when they protest like this farm workers.

Nov 14, 2012 10:51 | 0 replies

Employers must give the employees what they want that's all.

Nov 14, 2012 10:51 | 0 replies

Please bring those wines to Soweto, then will show you how we boycott wines.

Nov 14, 2012 10:53 | 0 replies

Didn't the very same anc launch their centenary wine range in Jan. I we meant to boycott that as well?

This party never ceases to entertain.

Nov 14, 2012 10:59 | 0 replies

Tasto, the con stands for confidence, and I believe that that is what some of the ANC politicians do. The gain the voter's confidence, only to rob them blind. If only we can get some young, fresh, capable bloo.d in the ANC to carry the country into a new era of true fre.edom.

Nov 14, 2012 10:36 | 0 replies

@TheNewFreedomFighter - did u say "con artists"? that under the belt man!!

Nov 14, 2012 10:33 | 0 replies