- Economic Freedom Fighter leader Julius Malema commented in disgust over the fact that 20 000 farm workers in the Drakenstein area are about to be evicted
- Unfortunately, this is not a new practice, and thousands of farm workers have been evicted from their homes since 1994
- There are many reasons for the evictions, but one reason is that farmers are demolishing the homes to build guest cottages
The story is indeed horrific. EFF leader Julius Malema concurs and voiced his disgust over Twitter at the tragedy of 20 000 farm workers in the Drakenstein area facing eviction.
As devastating as this situation is, it is not an isolated incident and reports show that situations such as this one have been happening since 1994.
Officials from the Drakenstein municipality have reportedly said they are aware of the situation, but that there is little they can do.
They have commented that the best assistance they can give is to offer material to the evicted farmworkers to build homes in informal settlements.
Apparently one of the main reasons for the evictions is the new legislation that is being passed that benefits farm workers directly. The impact of the legislation is seeing farmers evicting the farmworkers, destroying their homes and building guest cottages on the farms in their place. This solves the problems they feel they have with the new legislation and also opens a new stream of revenue to them.
In another case in 2016 in Wellington, 35 families were removed from their homes. The result was a decrease in school going children by 90%. While to many it may appear that the farmers are the bad guys, the reality is that they are just doing what they have to protect their income and their farms.
Professor Ben Cousins from the Institute for Poverty Land and Agrarian Studies said the Extension of Security of Tenure Act was supposed to protect farm workers: “When it comes to the laws around evictions, magistrates don’t understand the law.”
In another story, the true heart of the South African farmer was showcased as Generous donations from KZN farmers bring relieve to some Eastern Cape Farmers
Farmers from around KwaZulu-Natal have worked together with Gift of the Givers and donated food parcels and fodder to their drought-stricken neighbours in the Eastern Cape.
This incredible show of kindness shows the kind of spirit that makes South Africa a truly amazing place to live.
While many parts of the Western and Eastern Cape provinces have been in the grip of a crippling drought now entering its third year, KwaZulu-Natal farmers, on the whole, have been lucky and received more than enough rain.
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