16 January 2013
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
IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison
Officer, Ms Boniswa Tiwe, 072 497 1252