South Africa strikes expand into agriculture

Associated Press
Striking miners at AMPLATS gather to listen to a speaker near Rustenburg, South Africa, on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. Workers discussed a possible deal with Anglo American Platinum, or Amplats, on Wednesday as their weeks-long strike continued. Amplats is the world's top producer of platinum. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
.

View gallery

RUSTENBURG, South Africa (AP) — Violent protests by farm workers have erupted in South Africa after weeks of unrest in the country's mining industry.

Television images showed protesters overturn a police truck and set fires in the streets Wednesday in a town in South Africa's Western Cape. The workers have been protesting their wages, saying they want a minimum wage of $17 a day. Currently, workers make about half that amount a day.

Agriculture is one of South Africa's biggest industries, as is mining. Miners first protested over wages in August at Lonmin PLC's Marikana platinum mine outside of Rustenburg, sparking violence and a mass shooting by police that left 46 people dead. Unrest then spread.

Workers on a weeks-long strike at Anglo American Platinum gathered Wednesday to discuss their own negotiations for higher raises.

View Comments (6)