'Farm workers are forcibly evicted and dumped by the roadside'

Regional Commissioner at South African Human Rights Commission, Chris Nissen speaks to CapeTalk's John Maytham after his visit to farm workers who were forcibly evicted in Wellington.

The Human Rights Commission has been called in to attend to various cases of human rights violations in farm eviction cases in the Western Cape.

He says in some cases farm workers are forcibly evicted and dumped by the roadside or just moved to isolated areas he calls 'spooky town'.

The people that Nissen visited in Wellington were evicted two years ago.

But they cannot get over the trauma involved in it. A number of them lost their furniture when they were brutally removed from the farms.

Chris Nissen, Regional Commissioner at South African Human Rights Commission

The conditions in which they live right now is shocking - It's a filthy condition, the toilets are over flowing. The whole area further traumatises the people.

Chris Nissen, Regional Commissioner at South African Human Rights Commission

Nissen says there should be a more dignified way in which the farm workers are evicted.

He says it wrong that the farm workers are left in worst conditions after they worked for years with the farmers to in making the farms desirable.

Think about the person who's been working for 20 - 30 years on a farm. That person helped you in your investment even if you were selling it to somebody else, we need to find a way of creating an environment in which there is some dignity in it.

Chris Nissen, Regional Commissioner at South African Human Rights Commission

To hear more of this conversation, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 'Farm workers are forcibly evicted and dumped by the roadside'


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