Thursday’s horse racing at the Vaal racecourse had to be abandoned after grooms went on strike at the Randjesfontein training centre in Midrand. Grooms at the centre approached the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to represent their grievances over wages. Negotiations started on Wednesday and concluded on Thursday.
According to race horse trainer Geoff Woodruff‚ some of the trainers spent the night in their stables after they were threatened. "There was talk about going into the stables and letting all the horses out. That would probably have been the most peaceful of what they (grooms) were talking about‚" Woodruff said on Thursday afternoon. "I have now been here for the past 36 hours. Two other trainers‚ who wished to remain anonymous out of fear of victimisation‚ as well as the EFF’s Tyrone Mkansi confirmed these threats.