18 July 2014

South Africa: Cosatu NW Condemns Attacks On Farm Workers

press release

The Congress of South African Trade Unions condemns the continued attacks against farm workers by a group of farmers in the Brits and Kleinfontein areas.

COSATU learned that a farm worker was brutally assaulted by group of white racists during working hours on 11th July 2014 at the farm called Model Park.

This is the same farm where farm workers were assaulted in April 2000 and one was killed by farmers with a group of vigilantes called Mapogo a Mathamaga. We all know how cruel is this racist vigilante group which was also used by farmers and the apartheid regime during the 1994 election campaign and even before.

Most of our poor farm workers are not unionised due to threats and intimidation by the same group. Poor farm workers are assaulted and in 2000 one was dropped into a big fridge. A white man was arrested after COSATU intervened but was released on bail of R30 000 and later he got his money back because he was white.

Lovemore Chauke was brutally assaulted on 11th July 2014 for responding to such attacks by these white racist farmers. We are also told that the man who witnessed the attacks has been threatened to be killed, and this group of farmers are refusing to respond to calls to go to the police station.

We must ask why are they called and not arrested for criminal offences.

COSATU calls on the police to arrest these farmers and that all their criminal cases of alleged killing and assaulting farm workers and farm dwellers be investigated.

In our 20 years democracy we must make sure that such racist attacks are removed from our democratic country of Madiba

We will not rest as COSATU until we get a full detailed report of the arrest of this racist group.

COSATU will mobilize its members and the community of Madibeng on the court date to make sure that the law takes its course.

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