Evictions 'At a Tipping Point'

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Evictions 'At a Tipping Point'


THE EVICTION of poor farmworkers in the province has reached a tipping point, the ANC has said, following three families being evicted from the Simondium Guest Lodge in Franschhoek at the weekend.

The party has called for a moratorium on evictions, and lambasted the DA for a "lack of action against these evictions".

The eviction comes as about 200 families have reportedly already been evicted from other farms across the province this year.

Earlier this year, Drakenstein municipal manager Lauren Waring conceded that the municipality had become a "hotspot for evictions", with more than 1 000 pending.

The human rights organisation Women on Farms Project has said it would write to President Cyril Ramaphosa asking for a moratorium on farm evictions.

Drakenstein ANC spokesperson Thembekile Mangena said they condemned the "arbitrary" evictions.

"This illegal act of provocation of land occupiers shows the God-like status placed by the DA-led municipality and province on farmers, who continue to disregard the law. The ANC has seen the continued attack on the most vulnerable, the elderly, people with disabilities, women and children by these unscrupulous farmers," Mangena said.

The ANC has also called on the government to test the constitution on land expropriation.

"The present power imbalances between farmers and labour tenants are based on centuries of discriminatory laws which have disadvantaged farmworkers. The current abuses of power and unilateral actions by farmers spit in the face of a free non-racial democratic society in which our rainbow nation aims to achieve its goals.

"We urge the government to test the constitution on land expropriation without compensation, as farmworkers are having their dignity stripped by evictions. The evicted people will now be forced to go live in uninhabited areas with no water and sanitation," he said.

Numerous attempts to get comment from Simondium Guest Lodge were unsuccessful yesterday. …

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