- The Economic Freedom Fighters feel that farmworkers are slaves in their country of birth
- The Red Berets insist that farmers are the slave owners in this controversial theory
- The EFF has demanded that Parliament conduct a special review of the conditions, both living and working, of farmworkers
Farmworkers in South Africa are slaves in the same country they were born in, and farmers are the slave owners.
This is how the Economic Freedom Fighters described farm life in the country, demanding that Parliament must conduct a special review of the living and working conditions of farmworkers.
National Assembly debated a draft resolution from the party to establish an ad-hoc committee to consider this call to review.
The party's Sam Matiase explained that the lack of law enforcement in rural areas creates an 'undesirable' situation:
"The lack of adequate law enforcement on farms has created an undesirable relationship on farms. A relationship that makes farmworkers slaves in the country of their birth, and farm owners, slave owners. Parliament must play a leading role towards the protection of the constitutional rights of all, particularly the vulnerable groups in society. Farmworkers included."
The ANC has slammed this plan as ill-conceived, adamant that processes have already been put in place to govern how farmworkers are treated.
Mandla Mandela, commenting as a representative of the ruling party, says that the focus should be on building a strengthened agriculture industry.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that EFF leader Julius Malema had raised the opinion that farm murders simply don't exist in South Africa.
“There is no scientific evidence that white farmers are targeted in South Africa. There is no such thing as Farm Murder. Murder is murder and must be attended to as such, and a criminal must rot in jail once found guilty. We are going to Senekal to protect our democracy which is under attack by racist and terrorist white farmers.”
Malema insisted that murder rates in rural areas contribute just a small fraction of the overall statistics, rejecting the idea that farmers are specifically targeted.
Speaking to Newzroom Afrika, Malema explained that he felt Senekal residents had crossed the line during protests last week:
“You cannot discharge a firearm in the corridors of the judiciary and threaten the judiciary. We want to show the state that their inability to intervene decisively where white people are concerned is exactly the reason we find ourselves where we are. We are not going to live in fear because white farmers are former generals.”
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