A man has died in hospital in De Doorns after allegedly being shot by police, yesterday. Farmworker Monwabisi Kondile says, "At about 15.30 yesterday, the police started shooting, taking us out of our houses. This guy ran out of his house, they shot him in the head and he later died in hospital."
The deceased's guardian, Alice Moya, says the incident is very sad. She says the dead victim was a hardworking. "Police just started shooting and we don't know why they were shooting."
Meanwhile, the situation remains calm in the Hex River Valley today following violent protests yesterday. Tensions are still running high at De Doorns with striking farmworkers accusing police of being heavy handed and firing rubber bullets at innocent bystanders.
Workers are still demanding a R150 daily wage, up from R69. Individual farmers have tabled an offer of R105. Some workers in Clanwilliam have accepted the offer but workers at De Doorns are refusing.
Farmer Michael Loubscher says farmers are starting to feel the pressure because they don't know what to expect. Loubscher goes on to say, "We have an international market that we have to supply and if we can't, it means that they will lose faith and buy from other markets. This will not only be bad for us as farmers, but for South Africa at large."
Unions are expected to address workers in De Doorns later this afternoon.