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De Doorns clinics reopen

Three De Doorns clinics have reopened after being forced to close due to the farming strike.

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

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Health Department on Friday said it has been inundated with patients seeking medical care and chronic medication.

This after three clinics in De Doorns were forced to close following violent protests in the area.

The Western Cape town has been at the centre of the ongoing farmworkers strike.

On Friday, the three facilities were reopened.

Last November, services at these clinics were also disrupted when labourers downed tools to demand better pay.

Department spokesperson Jo-Anne Otto said it is back to business.

"Following consultation with local authorities and community leaders, we decided to reopen the clinics."

Workers are demanding a daily of R150.

Farmworkers in the province currently earn around R69 a day.

Earlier this week, a man was allegedly killed by police and a young girl was injured by rubber bullets.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is investigating the death.

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