Labour farm slaves

Finweek English Edition - - Letters - JAN VAN DUYKER

I READ WITH IN­TER­EST your cover story re­port on hu­man traf­fic (12 April). That re­ally is a re­flec­tion of what’s hap­pen­ing in the demo­cratic part of our econ­omy and to my mind quite ex­cit­ing. How­ever, that’s just the tip of the ice­berg. Since our coun­try re­ally has a So­cial Demo­cratic sys­tem, I think it’s also rel­e­vant to say some­thing about the so­cial part of hu­man traf­fic(ing). In men­tal in­sti­tu­tions glob­ally, where around 75% of pa­tients are clas­si­fied as schiz­o­phrenic, 50% of them are healthy dis­cards of the demo­cratic sys­tem with nowhere to go and stand in line to be­come slaves on free labour farms.

The psy­chi­a­trists think they are in fact do­ing th­ese peo­ple a favour in di­ag­nos­ing them, be­cause at least they’ll have food and a place to stay. The re­al­ity is that the hard line com­mu­nists who run such farms are picky and only choose the healthy or al­most healthy to be­come free labour­ers on veg­etable and flower farms, of which there seem to be an end­less list at the so­cial wel­fare of­fices of said in­sti­tu­tions.

It would be in­ter­est­ing to find out just how many read­ers want to know why this is­sue is never re­ported on in the South African me­dia. Per­haps KGB style com­mu­nism is more alive in this coun­try than we care to re­alise.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.