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Some farmworker unions to continue strike

Further farmworker protests have been planned for Monday by some unions.

A car is set alight by striking farmworkers in De Doorns, Western Cape. Picture: @BOSBEER2006 (twitter)

CAPE TOWN - Some farmworker unions said they won't wait until March, when the basic minimum wage for farmworkers is set to change.

Instead, they have have vowed to continue with their strike.

Organisations including Bawusa, Mawubuye Land Rights Movement and Women on Farms, met in Paarl on Saturday to plan further demonstrations for Monday.

Labourers have been mobilising in Grabouw, De Doorns, Worcestor, Villiersdorp and Wolseley over the past few days with some demonstrations turning violent.

Farmworkers are demanding R150 for a day's work, an increase from their current pay of R69.

The Mawubuye Land Rights Movement's Henry Michaels said they won't give up on their demands.

"We are not going to wait until March; they must come with an offer to the table. Our demands remain the same."

He added that they will not back down until a proper offer is tabled.

On Wednesday 50 people were arrested for public violence in connection with farmworker protests across the province.

In De Doorns a farm tractor and a Cape Times journalist's vehicle were torched.

The reporter escaped with light injuries.