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By Sapa | Nov 14, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 16 ]

A man was killed and five other people were injured in Wolseley this morning, during a protest by farmworkers

Lt-Col Andre Traut said a 28-year-old man died and five other people were injured in the same protest.

“This matter is now the subject of an investigation conducted by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) and police will not be in a position to divulge the finer details of the case.

“The man died as a result of police action, but we cannot give more details of the incident.” 

IPID spokesman Moses Dlamini said an investigator was on his way to the scene to get more details.

“I can confirm that one person was killed. However we only have a report that three were injured. An investigator is on his way to gather more details.” 

Democratic Alliance spokesman Zak Mbhele said unconfirmed reports received by the party also indicated that a farmer had been killed in the province.

“Another unconfirmed report is that a farmer was attacked by a mob of protesters and beaten to death. We have no further details at this stage.” 

Traut said police were trying to find out about the second killing.

Grape harvesters in the Hex River Valley have been protesting for over a week about their wages, demanding R150 a day. Most earn between R69 and R75 a day, with R80 being the highest and only offer from farmers so far.

Protesters have been blocking roads and burning tyres across the province.

“The widespread unrest by farmworkers... is a matter of concern and although every endeavour is made to maintain law and order, it is fair to admit that our response time is compromised and affected by the situation,” Traut said.

AfriForum called on President Jacob Zuma and Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to intervene.

“We expect minister Mthethwa to personally visit the scene and to ensure that the transgressors are prosecuted successfully,” deputy CEO Ernst Roets said in a statement.

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Who are the transgressors, those who expect people to live on the money they give their girl child to entertain their boyfriend s on one weekend or those who rightfully demand to be paid a fair living wage mhhh

Nov 14, 2012 2:53 | 0 replies

A life, wether black or white or coloured, is worth less then R80.00... Go on, kill the bread basket of Africa.. go on kill, rape, burn, toy toy, stab, slash, carry on..... kill yourselves

Nov 14, 2012 11:43 | 0 replies

kayamaz

Exactly my friend...but can I also add that the ones causing all the destruction and disruption are not the permanent workers from that region but mainly seasonal workers who are either migrant labourers or locals who are habitually uninterested in working on a permanent basis (i.e drunks/lazy). Therefore why should they benefit any more than the minimum wage anc/cosatu have stipulated - surely in life you get out what you put in?????

This is just cheap anc politicking and a wanton attempt to destabalise the only province that is attempting to increase the quality of life for all its inhabitants...DESTROY - it is one of the very very few things, besides blatant theft, that the pathetic anc are able to do correctly and efficiently. Time for change - down with anc corruption, incompetence and violence!!

Nov 14, 2012 4:52 | 0 replies

tman992000- well said!

Nov 14, 2012 4:45 | 0 replies

tman992000

As you appear to be sane and graced with an education other than that offered by the current criminal regime, please could you answer the following...who is responsible for setting the legislated minimum wage for farmworkers?

Nov 14, 2012 4:31 | 0 replies

antie it shows what you know about them, nothing! The R80 they get is only what they call the "Clear" pay, they get housing free water lighting and maintenance and they only pay 25% of their electricity bills. They get what we call "cost to company" of more than R150 already but now they burn and kill because of Cosatu and ANC making the western cape ungovernable! The ANC is going to far in the western cape they don't care about the workers!

Nov 14, 2012 4:29 | 0 replies

tman, If you read my comments on the other articles pertaining to this subject, you would know that I think R 80.00 per day is daylight robbery, and these workers deserve R 150.00 per day. Don't just jump to conclusions, it's very tiring and unproductive exercise. That still does not give the strikers the right to destroy. It makes them just as guilty as their bosses. Which land is that my forefathers left me? I am tired of paying rent.

Nov 14, 2012 4:11 | 0 replies

tman992000

Ja laatjie, you know it all, ne? Omnipitent, that's what you are.
Pity you don't know the difference between table grapes and wine grapes - or anything else for that mattter

Nov 14, 2012 4:4 | 0 replies

How would you know Mommac cause the journalists were arrested for reporting such things, while you had the time of your life in your secured residential areas were a black man was not allowed after hours, the recruits of sadf some as young as 17 yrs where terrorising the elders in the townships

Nov 14, 2012 4:2 | 0 replies

then they gonna brew some left overs of grapes and drink themselves into stupudor, that what they had been paid with since time immorial

Nov 14, 2012 3:56 | 0 replies

I can't wait to see the back of 2012. Never has there been so much violence and bloodshed. Even during apartheid, I don't remember it being this hectic. What the hell is wrong with our country?

Nov 14, 2012 3:52 | 0 replies