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Wed Jan 28 06:15:02 SAST 2015

Workers must tell story: iLive

Veleleni Mashumi, Centurion | 10 December, 2012 00:01
A resident rolls a tyre into a burning barricade during a strike called by the Confederation of South African Trade Unions in the small farming town of Franschoek, near Cape Town, December 4, 2012 . Last month workers in the farming belt around Cape Town went on the rampage, blockading roads with rocks and setting vineyards and warehouses ablaze.
Image by: MIKE HUTCHINGS / REUTERS

IT IS puzzling that Ron Claassens ("Why is farmers' side of story not told?", December 7) feels the true story about farmers is not being told in the media.

Who should tell that story? Surely not the farmers. Hunters can never be expected to tell a balanced story from the perspective of the hunted animals.

The true story of the exploitative farmers can only be told by the farmworkers who receive slave wages.

Claassens is not saying the workers are lying. To claim that had the Western Cape been governed by the ANC, these disputes would not have been experienced is disingenuous. Would workers say they are earning R150, not R65, a day because the province was governed by the ANC?

It is the wearer who knows where the shoe pinches, not the shoemaker.

The latter is looking at the bottom line, and nothing else.

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