16 January 2013

South Africa: IFP Condemns Violence During Farm Workers Strike in De Doorns

press release

The IFP condemns in the strongest possible terms the violence that has erupted during the farm workers strike in De Doorns. IFP Spokesperson on Labour, Mr Albert Mncwango MP said, "We respect workers constitutional rights to strike but urge restraint and calm from the strikers as well as the police. Violence and destruction of property are not methods of negotiation and must be met with the full force of the law. We are pleased to learn that all parties to this action are currently in talks and that a resolution is imminent."

It is also of great concern that the strike became so violent that a man who was not even part of the strike was shot dead by the police with rubber bullets."

Mncwango added, "This strike has effectively placed all De Doorns residents' lives at risk and has also led to the closing of four medical clinics in the area. People are afraid to walk the streets in case they are shot at and those who require medical attention must go to another town to access it".

The IFP will always question the sensibility of embarking on strike action whilst negotiations are continuing. "We urge all stakeholders concerned to find a middle ground so that normality may ensue and the people of De Doorns continue with their peaceful lives," said Mncwango.

IFP calls on Government to urgently intervene in this situation as it appears to be escalating and intensifying. We call upon Government to step in before another tragedy occurs. Our country does not need another Marikana."

IFP Spokesperson on Labour, Hon Albert Mncwango MP, 083 448 4896

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IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison Officer, Ms Boniswa Tiwe, 072 497 1252

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