South African Vineyard Unrest Resumes (by

Posted: December 5, 2012 by wynmaker in Breede River Valley, Farms, Labour, South Africa, Wine, World wine news
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Farm unrest continues in the Western Cape, South Africa.

Farm unrest continues in the Western Cape, South Africa.

Seven suspected far-right extremists arrested as farm workers strike again over wages.

Police arrested seven armed men on Tuesday as farm workers in South Africa’s picturesque winelands resumed their pay strike amid tension enveloping the Western Cape region.

The detained men, suspected to be members of the far-right Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB), were found with a firearm and 60 rounds of ammunition at a roadblock leading to the epicenter of the dispute, which coincides with the start of South Africa’s grape harvest season.

Police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andre Traut said the seven were driving in the direction of De Doorns, a grape-growing area outside Cape Town, when their vehicle was searched.

It was in De Doorns that unrest over the farm workers’ complaints about their wages came to a head last month. The resulting violence led to two deaths and vineyards burnt. As well, shops were looted and streets were blockaded with burning tires in towns close to Cape Town.

Many farmers have since hired private security firms to protect their properties, and… read on




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