Clinics closed after De Doorns protest

Patients at three hospitals near De Doorns have been forced to move to other facilities in the province.

Protesting farm workers march through the De Doorns town centre on 6 November 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Three clinics have had to shut their doors due to ongoing protest action in De Doorns.

Striking farm workers have been protesting in the area since Monday.

The workers are demonstrating over poor wages and are demanding salaries of R150 a day. They are currently earning between R60 and R90.

The protest became violent when the strikers torched vineyards in the area.

The Western Cape Health Department's Jo-Anne Otto says patients are being helped at other facilities.

"The patients have been transferred to the Worcester Community Daycare Centre and many of the staff has been deployed to assist their patients."

Meanwhile, six people have been arrested for public violence while a farmer has been held for shooting at the protesters.

Some officials believe a "third force" is behind the violent protest.