Hundreds of protesting farmworkers block the N1 highway at De Doorns
14 November 2012 - by -
Johannesburg - The ANC in the Eastern Cape called for the boycott of
South African wines on Tuesday as farmworkers demanded higher wages and
better working conditions.
Eastern Cape ANC spokesperson Mlibo
Qoboshiyane said people would be supporting workers' exploitation if
they continued buying South African-produced wine.
people binge on wines from the Western Cape, they must know that they
support exploitation of black workers," he said.
Farmworkers in the De Doorns area went on strike a week ago in demand of a R150 daily wage and better working conditions. Qoboshiyane said farmers could afford to pay the workers what they wanted.
South African wine industry is making a lot of money locally and
internationally; therefore, the wage demands of the workers are
realistic and can be met by the employers."
He said Western Cape
premier Helen Zille was failing to back the workers because farm owners
were financing the Democratic Alliance - the party she leads.