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Charges against the director of Women on Farms Colette Solomons, who was arrested during the protest, were withdrawn.
#BREAKINGNEWS @News24 @eNCA @SABCNewsOnline @ewnupdates Women on Farms demands that the evicted family has proper accommodation not 4 zinc sheets! The families are sitting outside with their broken furniture. pic.twitter.com/EAjvF4ynRl— Oxfam South Africa (@OxfamSA) February 27, 2020
#BreakingNews @News24 @ewnupdates @eNCA @SABCNewsOnline Women on Farms are a vulnerable group which often gets kicked off farms without warning. We need farm owners to be held accountable for evictions. We need government to step in with proper housing solutions for farm workers. pic.twitter.com/xV6HhlWq5B— Oxfam South Africa (@OxfamSA) February 27, 2020
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