Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Cape Farmers prepare for war

Security Company: TSU-Helivac Protect
Security Company: TSU-Helivac Protect
Picture source: http://www.facebook.com/helivac

Security Company: TSU-Helivac Protect
Security Company: TSU-Helivac Protect
Picture source: http://www.facebook.com/helivac

Following the widespread damage that occurred during the farmworker strikes three weeks ago, farmers in the Western Cape have prepared themselves ahead of COSATU’s planned mass action low-level civil war, which they announced will begin on 4 December 2012. Several earlier news reports have also announced COSATU’s intentions of possibly expanding their strike action nationwide.

“We could see a nationwide strike because of the attitude of farmers.”
Cosatu Western Cape Secretary, Tony Ehrenreich. Source: EWN

According to a report published yesterday (3 Dec. 2012) on West Cape News at least ten (10) individual security companies have been hired to protect farmland in the Ceres and Koue Bokkeveld areas. All ten security companies are co-ordinating with a joint operations unit set up in the area. Farmers elsewhere, such as the Swartland, have also formed their own communications networks.

A new security company, known as TSU-Helivac Protect, are the main coordinators for the Ceres and Koue Bokkeveld areas. According to their Head of Security, Wimpie Espag, all security companies will be working with the SA Police, with the understanding that their primary role would be as “back up” to the police. The full news report can be read in West Cape News.

See also: Cape braces for second wave of farm strikes on News24.com, published last night at 22:11.

Take note in this report how the ANC government has, by the feeble utterances of their Labour Minister, Mildred Oliphant, detached themselves from any potential human tragedies that may occur today:

"Violence has no place in our society whose foundation as a democracy is based on intensive social dialogue."

Oh, what crap they speak – covering their arses with unconvincing democrazy words!


Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Hi Tia,

Off topic.Thought you would like to know that Mike's blog is back.

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

@Anon - Yes, I noticed it late last night, thank you! I hope he is going to fix the page I've dedicated to his series on Pandora's Apartheid Box ;-)

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Western Cape farm strike suspended: Cosatu

Cosatu in the Western Cape has announced that the strike by seasonal farmworkers in De Doorns and other places in the Western Cape has been suspended till the 9th of January 2013.

Provincial Secretary Tony Ehrenreich addressed the workers at a soccer field in De Doorns this afternoon. He says the workers need to go back and be unionised so that they can speak with one voice next year. He says it is better for the workers in the Western Cape to join unions and, starting from next week, the unions will be going from farm to farm trying to establish why the employers cannot pay them R150 a day.

He also mentioned that all the workers that have been involved in the strike before it was suspended, will be assisted with food parcels that are worth about R500 each.

Farmworkers in the Koo-valley region have however vowed to continue their mass action for a minimum daily wage of R150.

A group of protesters told SABC News that farmers are not prepared to speak to them to listen to their grievances.

The workers on farms around the Montagu area say their weekly wage of R350 is not enough to cover their expenses for food, transport, and their children's school fees. Four people from the group were allegedly arrested earlier for suspected intimidation, but the group has since dispersed peacefully, with police keeping a close watch.

Source: sabc.co.za

whiteson said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Yes Tia, next year they will begin their looting in full force. Maybe that's just before Christmas, and they want their money for that time. But be sure, they won't back off, they will organize and then all hell will brake loose. Farmers have enough time to brace them against this coming onslaught. The "workers" won't stop until everything, in fact the whole country is flattened. Idiots!

Laager said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Where else in the world does the Government [i.e. COSATU = 1/3 of the governing triumvirate] declare war on itself and the expect it's own police to ensure law and order

Only within the peculiar workings of the African mind.

These workers are treading on dangerous turf
If they insist the farmers pay more then the farmers are quite at liberty to start charging for all the freebees that are thrown into the employment package

From previous photos it seems to me that the "strikers" are black Xhosas - not from the farms or the area - who wouldn't know the difference between a grape, raisin, sultana or a pumpkin - never mind do a day's work as a WP farm labourer.

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