Cape Winelands farm workers protest following eviction of six family members

Six people have been evicted in Simondium near Paarl in the Cape Winelands, prompting farm workers to go on a protest.

In 2019, Deputy Minister of Agriculture Land Reform and Rural Development Mcebisi Skwatsha announced that the Extension of Security of Tenure Act legislation would be amended to protect farmworkers and dwellers from evictions.

Farm evictions in the Cape Winelands have increased sparking an outcry from residents and nongovernmental organisations NGOs.

Joanne Joseph speaks to Women on Farms co-director Carmen Louw on the evictions.

The family was evicted on Tuesday and have spent the two evenings outside the farm. They were evicted because they no longer work on the farm.

Carmen Louw, Co-director - Women on Farms

In terms of the Extension of Security of Tenure Act, if you no longer work on the farm, the farmer can legally take steps to evict you and that is what happened.

Carmen Louw, Co-director - Women on Farms

Solomon says one of the people evicted started working on the farm at the age of 14.

They were dismissed on petty issues and evicted as per a court order.

Carmen Louw, Co-director - Women on Farms

Charges against the director of Women on Farms Colette Solomons, who was arrested during the protest, were withdrawn.

Listen to the full interview below...


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