Farmworkers strike enters day 2
It seems there is no clear end in sight for protesting farmworkers who are demanding better wages.
CAPE TOWN - Western Cape police will remain on high alert as the farmworkers strike enters its second day.
Workers resumed their strike on Wednesday following unsuccessful negotiations last month.
There doesn't appear to be any end in sight to the unprotected industrial action affecting several towns in the province.
On Wednesday labourers blocked the N2, stoned cars and looted a supermarket in Pine View, Grabouw.
Police had their hands full trying to control hundreds of striking farmworkers.
Community leader John Michels said, "This is an ongoing thing. If it takes us a year, we will go on. The time that we treat people like slaves in this country will end."
The local farmers association's Bruce Huxter said the mass action is bad for the industry.
"Our mother bodies have been sitting in talks with government and in the end, it all revolves around politics and money."
Farmworkers from Grabouw said they were tired of being paid a meager wage.
Labourers in the Western Cape across 16 farming towns are demanding a daily wage of R150.
Police officers with guns drawn had difficulties trying to disperse the volatile crowd.
They also had to clear the roads of rocks and rubbish.
Majority of the labourers participating in the Grabouw protest work in surrounding apple farms.