Farm strike over – or is it?

Quinton Mtyala, Mogomotsi Selebi, Poppy Louw and Graeme Hosken

ANGER over the death of a farm worker in Wolseley could prolong a violent strike for better wages that has gripped the Western Cape for the past two weeks, despite politicians and unionists calling for a halt.

Acting Labour Minister Angie Motshekga said last night the farm workers had agreed to suspend their protests for two weeks.

She said Cosatu had consulted workers and it was agreed they would return to work today and desist from violence and vandalism.

Earlier yesterday, the violence spread to the towns of Porterville, Saron and Wolseley, where Michael Daniels, 27, was allegedly shot by police.

According to several eyewitnesses, police had been caught flat-footed as mobs went through Wolseley, smashing windows and overturning vehicles, including a police van.

Two journalists were also injured while covering the unrest.

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