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MPs hear of physical and verbal abuse inflicted by farmers on WC workers

The delegation visited four farms in the West Coast and Cape Winelands districts where they held public hearings to give farm workers and farm residents an opportunity to highlight the conditions in which they lived.

CAPE TOWN – Members of Parliament (MPs) have concluded a three-day monitoring visit to farms in the Western Cape.

In 2012 and 2013, the province was hit by a deadly strike by farmworkers over a range of issues including low wages, mistreatment and racism.

The Cape is the eighth province to be visited by MPs now.

The delegation visited four farms in the West Coast and Cape Winelands districts where they held public hearings to give farm workers and farm residents an opportunity to highlight the conditions in which they lived.

At the Welverdien farm – where MPs concluded their monitoring visit, they said they heard allegations of physical and verbal abuse of workers by farmers.

At a farm in Goedemoed, employment and labor officials confiscated the expired passports and visas of 11 foreign nationals and handed them over to the Interior Ministry for action.

At the second Goedemoed farm, the delegation learned that 23 families remaining on the farm had received eviction notices, an issue the committee will raise with Agriculture Minister Thoko Dididza.

Deputies said the farmer barred them from reaching farm workers and residents by blocking the entrance to their homes with a tractor and locking the gate, forcing them to step over the fence.



MPs hear of physical and verbal abuse inflicted by farmers on WC workers

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