Call to halt evictions of farmworkers
THE Women on Farms Project has called for a moratorium on farm evictions and has asked for an urgent meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa in a bid to enforce workers’ land security tenure.
From January until the end of June more than 200 families in the Cape Winelands were evicted and/or threatened with evictions by farm owners.
The project’s spokesperson, Carmen Louw, said on Friday they had laid criminal charges against a farm owner in Simondium, near Franschhoek after alleged illegal attempts to evict three families from the land.
Louw said the land owner instructed private security contractors to close off the homes of the families in an attempt to force them off the land.
They successfully evicted one of them, Shaba Johnson, after they discarded his belongings.
The other two families on the land, including a 74-yearold woman and her husband, have been threatened to leave by the end of the month.
“We challenged the eviction as it was illegal. The owner, Elsabe Rabe, had no right to do so – she was trying to circumvent a lengthy and costly legal route.
“We laid charges against her with the police,” Louw said.
Rabe was not available for comment.
In Rawsonville, farmworkers held a protest march in support of a call for expropriation of land for security of tenure for farmworkers.
She hoped that the meeting with the president would take place soon as they had received an acknowledgement of the receipt of their request.
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