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Farmworkers gather in De Doorns

Farmworkers have gathered on a sports field waiting to be addressed by political leaders.

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

CAPE TOWN - A few hundred farmworkers in De Doorns are on Tuesday waiting to be addressed by community leaders on a way forward with ongoing wage protests.

Protesters are gathered in the Hex River Valley town this morning.

At least 200 workers have congregated on a sports field opposite the Stofland Informal settlement in De Doorns.

Workers have been trickling in hoping to get clarity on their wage demands.

The violent two week strike in November started in De Doorns when workers went on the rampage, demanding a daily wage of R150 and better working and living conditions.

By contrast, things are considerably calmer as workers sing freedom songs and carry banners that read: "The people shall govern."

Some are optimistic about the prospect of earning higher wages.

There are talks that the Congress of South African Trade Unions' (Cosatu) Tony Ehrenreich will address the crowd soon.

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