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One killed in S.Africa farmworker unrest

One person has been killed and five others hurt as protests by South African farmworkers demanding higher pay descended into sporadic violence Wednesday.

Police told AFP a 28-year-old man was killed and five others were injured, as violence flared at various locations across South Africa’s agricultural heartland in the Western Cape.

“We can confirm the death of a 28-year-old man in Wolseley and five others wounded,” Constable Lybey Swartz said.

Several thousand farm workers from the vineyard region have been on strike for more than a week, calling for their salary to be doubled to 150 rand (14 euros, $11) a day.