- The Economic Freedom Fighters want a Worcester farmer immediately arrested
- This comes after a 61-year-old woman was allegedly attacked by a dog on the property
- The woman was severly bitten and bruised after the farmer reportedly set his dog on her
The Economic Freedom Fighters have called for the arrest of a farmer after he allegedly set his dog on a farm worker.
The incident took place in Worcester with the 61-year-old woman severly injured by the annimal.
The police spokesperson FC van Wyk has confirmed that a case of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm has been opened.
However, no arrests have been made with investigations continuing into the matter according to Van Wyk.
The Western Cape EFF has released a statement condemning the incident, adamant that it is a reflection of how workers are treated:
“As the EFF Western Cape we are of the view that this inhumane treatment of farm workers by white farmers is a microcosm and a reflection of what the majority of farm workers experience on farms."
The Red Berets claim that she is one of the five victims of the incident, labelling the act barbaric:
“She is one of five victims of this barbaric act. It is deeply troubling that a farmer would set his dog on a defenceless woman and watch her while the dog tears her muscles apart. One cannot begin to imagine the pain and trauma that the victim of this horrendous act must have undergone while her perpetrator watched her cry for help."
IOL reports that Landi Heyns, the woman's daughter, says that her mother is still recovering:
“My mom is still very traumatised and in a lot of pain. This was not the first time the dog bit her and after it bit her the farmer beat my son. She can’t even work at the moment because her arm is still in a brace, so now I have to provide for two households."
The EFF has revealed that it would be approaching the South African Human Rights Commission and help the family claim compensation.
The publication spoke to the farm owner, who denied encouraging the animal to bite the woman:
“I deny that the dog was incited and that any person was beaten with a sjambok. I am aware of an incident that took place. The woman was unlawfully on my land. I reported the matter to SAPS and obtained a case number. No person on the farm works or has worked for me. They live illegally on the farm."
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that the Western Cape High Court has dismissed Brackenfell High School's urgent application.
The school had attempted to obtain an interdict to prevent the Economic Freedom Fighters from staging protests outside the school in the future.
This response had followed the demonstrations that made headlines in November which saw police blocking supporters from moving closer to the school.
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