ANC calls for boycott of SA wines
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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.

"Next time 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.

"The 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.

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