The Rural and Farmworkers Development Organisation is calling on President Ramaphosa to intervene in the evictions of farm workers. One family is forced to stay in a makeshift shelter after they were evicted from the home they had for 38 years.
The Rural and Farmworkers Development Organisation wants President Ramaphosa to stop the eviction of farm workers and allow for input from the departments of social development and education.
The director of the organisation, Billy Claasen, wants the government to assist the poor.
We urge and make a plea to our government and the judiciary to stand up for the poor and helpless farm dwellers who sometimes don't have the money nor the capacity to litigate in court.
Evictions like this sometimes have a humanitarian crisis and therefore we ask that the following departments become part of the applications process when farmers apply for evictions.
This comes after a family of ten was evicted in Paarl, where they lived for the past 38 years.
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Claasen is worried about the family because winter is setting in and the family is completely exposed. Their safety is another fear, as they have no protection.
According to him, they live in a situation that is not fit for human living, as reported on by News24.
The family has been removed by an armed private security company and the Sherrif of the Court.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Windmeul Cellar released a statement about the matter on 27 March, one day after the family was evicted.
The statement claims that a member of the family illegally sold liquor from their premises and was dismissed. This led to distrust, and eventually, there was also damage to the property.
Windmeul Cellar insists they followed all the proper and legal procedures of eviction and have a legal bundle of 450 pages as proof.
Apparently, the Drakenstein Municipality arranged to move the family to New Orleans Park but the family refused to go.
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