Uasa has also pledged its support to government and called on authorities to get the situation in KwaZulu-Natal (and Gauteng) under control.
Reports of the burning of sugar cane plantations and other crops have been confirmed In KwaZulu-Natal, as well as the hijacking of trucks.
Abigail Moyo, spokesperson of trade union Uasa, says the union is “devastated” by the closure of KwaZulu-Natal sugar mills as a consequence of the violence and looting in the province.
“We are concerned about union members employed on sugar cane farms who may lose their jobs if nothing is done to bring the situation under control.
“Approximately 300 000 tons of cane has been lost to arson during the current protests,” says Moyo.
“The local sugar industry was under threat from international imports over the last few years and now, just as the sector was stabilising through the interventions of farmers and government, they have to face the threat from fellow South Africans.
“We also urge South African to keep the welfare of fellow citizens in mind before engaging in mindless violence and looting,” says Moyo.
“We need to stand together as a nation; not destroy what we have achieved since democracy.”