9 January 2013

South Africa: N1 Remains Closed in Farm Protest

Photo: Sapa
Farmworkers march in Paarl, 4 December 2012

Cape Town — The N1 highway at De Doorns remained closed to traffic on Wednesday afternoon amid continued clashes between farmworkers and the police.

Protesters blocked the road with rocks and threw stones at the police, who retaliated by firing rubber bullets.

The protest forms part of the first day of renewed strike action by workers in demand of a wage of R150 a day. A protester said she had no alternative but to strike, because she could not survive on R60 a day.

Lt-Col Andre Traut said at least 50 people were arrested across the Western Cape on Wednesday on public violence-related charges.

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