Farm Workers torch Orchards

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Farm workers demanding a wage increase have torched orchard stores, tractors and equipment and  trees within the orchards. Employers are reportedly offering between 8% and 10 but the workers are demanding a 13% increase..

“It is alleged that a group of about 200 workers blocked route R336 extension leading to Moses Mabhida township in Kirkwood with stones and burning tyres. It is said that a group thereafter dispersed,” said Nkohli.

He said police later received reports of attacks on orchards in the area.

Nkohli said at this stage no case dockets have been opened, but confirmed that at least one orchard store and three tractors were set alight. There were also reports of palettes being piled within the orchards and then set alight in attempts to destroy the trees themselves.