6 arrested after De Doorns protests
Several people have been arrested following violent protests that resulted in vineyards being torched.
CAPE TOWN - Six people have been arrested in connection with the violent protest in De Doorns.
Hundreds of people who are believed to be farm workers demonstrated on the N1 on Monday.
The disgruntled group also set vineyards situated along the highway alight.
It is understood the protests is due to a wage dispute and a lack of jobs.
The police's Andre Traut said, "The situation is being monitored. Six people have been arrested for public violence and looting shops in the area."
The road remains closed to traffic.
It will be reopened once the debris has been cleared.
Meanwhile, a top level delegation of Western Cape MECs is currently in the area.
They are trying to get to the bottom of farm workers strike that has left vineyards torched.
Some of the vineyards are still burning.
Provincial Community Safety MEC Dan Plato said, "We're not happy with the situation on the ground. We've received reports from police that people are still mobilising. Police reinforcement is on its way."
The province has been rocked by violent service delivery protests in recent months.
According to statistics, the country experienced more protests in 2012 compared to the previous year.
Meanwhile, Western Cape Agriculture MEC Gerrit van Rensburg said he does not believe farm workers are solely to blame for a protest that destroyed several hectares of vineyards in De Doorns.
The MEC and three colleagues are among the delegation currently meeting with farmers.
Van Rensburg is convinced there is more to the farm workers strike than meets the eye.
He said a third force could be behind the protest.
About 30 hectares of vineyard have been completely destroyed after they were torched allegedly by the protesters on Monday.
The main street of the farming town is filled with protesting workers.
Police nyalas are patrolling the area.
One protester has told Eyewitness News they want their daily wage to be doubled to R150 as they were battling to make ends meet.