Commercial Stevedoring Alliance Allied Workers Union (Cape Town)

16 January 2013

South Africa: Police Brutality in Nkqubela, Robertson As Farm Worker Strike Continues

Photo: Kate Stegeman/Daily Maverick
A tense stand-off between police and protestors in Robertson after farmwokers protest turned violent

press release

Cape Town — Farm workers and coordinators met the Captain of the Robertson Police Station and informed them that they would engage in peaceful protest.

They were allowed to continue their protest action.

More than 800 farm workers took part in the protest in Nkqubela, Robertson. However, shortly into the protest other police officers entered the road with guns and opened fire on the protesters forcing them back into their communities where police continued to fire at the people, shooting randomly.

Several people have been wounded in this latest incident of police brutality and the Human Rights Commission have been contacted to look into the matter.

Farmer workers have agreed to issue letters to the 32 farmers in the area asking for negotiations around the wage demand of R150 per day.

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