Western Cape Vineyards Now Calm, Death Toll Raised to Two (Wine-searcher.com)

Posted: November 21, 2012 by Johan Botha in Farms, Labour, World wine news
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Labour unrest in rural Western Cape.

Labour unrest in rural Western Cape.

Negotiations on farmworkers’ wages planned for Thursday.

South African police have reported that violent protests by farmworkers demanding wage hikes have left two people dead.

“The body of 40-year-old Bongile Ndleni was found in his residence on Saturday morning. Indications are that he was shot on Wednesday … on a farm in the Prince Alfred Hamlet area,” said regional police spokesman Andre Traut. The small town of Prince Alfred Hamlet lies about 150 kilometers northeast of Cape Town.

Traut added that a murder inquiry had been launched into the death of the seasonal worker: “We have reason to believe that his death was caused by a gunshot wound, and therefore a murder case was registered.”

The unrest that has shaken the Western Cape farming heartland started earlier this month in De Doorns, a grape-farming town outside Cape Town, where vineyards were set alight.

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