CCMA continues mediating in De Doorns

Many farm workers in the Hex River Valley complain about their living conditions. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) on Wednesday said it would continue mediating between striking farm workers and their employers in the Hex River Valley.

Hundreds of workers went on the rampage in De Doorns earlier this week, demanding a daily wage of R150.

At least 30 hectares of vineyards have been destroyed and a farmer faces a charge of attempted murder for apparently opening fire on protestors.

Western Cape officials have not ruled out the possibility that rogue elements are involved.

The CCMA's Nerine Khan said workers have raised many issues.

“The important thing to note is that many of those challenges are not necessarily workplace related. Historically, the CCMA should only give information and assistance pertaining to workplace issues, but given the current environment, we are trying to facilitate with everything.”

At least six protesters have been arrested for public violence.

Three clinics have also been forced to close their doors due to the protest.

The situation remains tense in the area.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)