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Cabinet scrutinises farmworker strike report

Cabinet will scrutinise a report on farmworker protests while rumours about more strikes circulate.

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

CAPE TOWN - Cabinet is said to scrutinise a report on Tuesday about the recent farmworkers strike in the Western Cape.

The agriculture department compiled the report in the wake of violent two-week long protest action for better wages.

Farmers who claimed to be earning between R70 and R75 a day were demanding to be paid R150 per day.

It is unclear what exactly the report contains, but it is understood it outlines some of the factors that contributed to the situation.

Meanwhile, Western Cape Agriculture's Wouter Kriel said rumours are doing the rounds that further strike action is planned for early next month.

But he has emphasised this would be completely uncalled for as wage negotiations were ongoing.

"It's going to be a lengthy process, they are taking it to other provinces in the country as well. We're urging anyone involved to stick to the legal process."

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