Threat of renewed farm strikes in W Cape

Threat of renewed farm strikes in W Cape

2014-10-07 18:35

Cape Town - Cosatu and a number of farm workers' organisations in the Western Cape have cautioned farm owners to stop evictions of farm workers as a result of an announcement made by Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Mkwinti.

In its policy document the ANC proposed, among other things, that farm labourers assume ownership of half the land on which they are employed.

The announcement the minister made in respect of the issues of land reform has seen many evictions taking place across the country, Cosatu said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

"Farm workers have declared that they are going to resist the evictions and Cosatu and the unions support them. Cosatu will be using all of the lawful and moral means at their disposal to assist the farm workers," Cosatu said.

Cosatu called for a moratorium on evictions pending the finalisation of the new land reform dispensation and its operational measures.

"Failure to comply with this moratorium will see large scale occupation of farms where owners continue with the apartheid style practices of evictions," said Cosatu.

"A failure on the part of farm owners to respond to these cautions will see renewed protest across Western Cape farms with this extending to the rest of the country, given the large scale humanitarian crisis caused by evictions."

Cosatu called on the government to urgently intervene to stop these evictions before it becomes like the full scale conflict seen in the past.

The union demanded provisions along the line of the Solms Delta project in Franschoek "which sees equity and justice being advanced as a short term measure, while the long term details are resolved by government".

"The continued evictions of farm workers and the disregard of the intention of the law by racist farm owners both black and white will see renewed war for justice in the Agricultural Sector, because the call for urgent mitigating steps were ignored," said Cosatu.

"Cosatu and allied organisations further calls on the immediate implementation of the government proposals on land reform to see a more equitable dispensation on farms. This must, however, be real land reform measures, not the equity schemes promoted by the Western Cape government that really just sees farmers con the farm workers to get access to additional funding."

In reaction to Cosatu's statement, Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde issued a statement saying the Western Cape government condemns illegal evictions.

"We also stand with Cosatu and its allied organisations in calling for the National Development Plan’s recommendation on land reform to be implemented. It is our aim to increase both the pace and scale of transformation in this sector," said Winde.

"In the Western Cape, we are making headway on this, and look forward to piloting some projects based on the NDP’s model in the near future. The agricultural sector has also issued its commitment to land reform."

Winde added that he, however, stands against "the sweeping language used by these bodies, especially in the absence of any firm figures being provided to back up their claims".

"The fact that no proof of an escalation in evictions has been shared with us is of high concern, and I call on Cosatu to provide specific evidence to my office so that I may take this up with the national government," said Winde.

"Following the Land Reform Summit hosted by my department in September, I wrote to Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Mcebisi Skwatsha, noting our concern around this matter and requested information on all reported cases of illegal evictions. We have received no feedback as yet."

- Fin24

  • Naas Du Plessis - 2014-10-07 18:42

    Strike this whole country in its moer!!!!

      Jonathan Woods - 2014-10-07 19:15

      Another proud moment in the zanc's ineptocracy!

      Jan Hendrik Beukes - 2014-10-07 19:40


      Timothy Whyte - 2014-10-07 20:33


      John Williamsii - 2014-10-07 21:19

      That percentage that that minister suggests is far too high. A more realistic percentage of shared ownership is 15% to 25% maximum. Most businesses across the world has shareholders that have no greater share than 25% in the business If the shareholdership is reduced too quickly, in other words if there's too many shareholders, then the business management suffers. So the farm workers will eventually control the business in any case if a 49% stake is owned and we know farm workers do not have the business education that farmers do. We saw it in Zimbabwe how they managed farms and in now in South Africa: they don't know enough about farming decisions. Now imagine the shareholders making the business decisions - they totally lack the knowledge So that is the future if a 49% stake is taken in the farms: the farms will start to struggle because business decisions must be discussed with the shareholders, who will disagree and the farms will be sold. The farm workers will collectively become the major shareholders in these struggling farms and they will collectively make the decisions on the farm. But now the farm is run like a democracy. So lets vote: who is going to rise up at 4am to do the hard work? So workers shouldn't run a business collectively and own as much as 49%! Rather 15% - 25% maximum, so skilled invididuals with business skills and leadership need to run a farm. Most farm workers are poorly educated people and they will constantly avoid difficult decisions. Argue

      John Williamsii - 2014-10-07 21:31

      So that farming scheme will fail and that minister will be blamed by the farming community.

      Ike Jakson - 2014-10-07 23:18

      Mooi gesê, Naas.

      Jacko Superb - 2014-10-08 08:53

      Damn.....yet I was planning to buy a farm..... I wanna see ZUMA giving away half his nklanda to his workers

      Rustic - 2014-10-08 10:33

      Someone put picoprep in Ehrenreich's coffie - now he can't stop the verbal smelly deluge of words.

      Trevor Myburgh - 2014-10-09 08:20

      @Naas, I think it is time to rather employ white labour, cleaners, etc and pay them R65.00 a day, ok ok ok , give them a little more R105.00 a day and see it they can build themselves a house and educate there children.... N24 won't find this funny, this comment is going to be sanctioned.... watch.....

      Andre Wagener - 2014-11-02 10:56

      Naaah you peoples, private property, like corruption, is just a Western paradigm. So let's disown these larneys and throw the whole country open to the tribal system so that everyone can scratch out a living with subsistence farming.

  • Nettie Potgieter - 2014-10-07 18:43

    Only the WC? If this happen in the rest of the country?

      StormerHJ - 2014-10-07 19:16

      Yes Nettie - there are very active instigator in die WC - Marius Fransman, Tony Ehrenreich and Nosey Pieterse. They are all well paid by government.

      Rocky Bell - 2014-10-08 02:58

      Yes, stoney erenroach, kransman and snotty ettersin are the main instigators

      Jacko Superb - 2014-10-08 08:54

      Yet you think anc will learn from Zimbabwe .... Guess learning is a foreign concept to them....

      Alan John Ingram - 2014-10-08 11:35

      The rest of the country is not governed by the DA !!!!

  • Paige Turner - 2014-10-07 18:45

    Can anyone hear echoes of the discredited Ehrenreich here? He and Cosatu are too quick to jump on the bandwagon ... "Cosatu will be using all of the lawful and moral means", which means they will rampage and pillage as they have tried to do in the past because generally they are a lawless, unprincipled bunch.

      Jacko Superb - 2014-10-08 09:10

      Civil war is coming..... WC...independence please. I'm opening a firearm store then, free weapons for farmers

  • Pieter van Staden - 2014-10-07 19:06

    Strike Africa.

      Mike Heyns - 2014-10-07 22:53

      Yip, in this country it is a valid qualification!! Only in SA can you strike for higher pay without having a job!!!

      Pieter Calitz - 2014-10-08 08:11

      @Mike..good one!

      Jacko Superb - 2014-10-08 08:55

      I guess to them striking is working.....

  • Gilbert Samson - 2014-10-07 19:09

    If they want a humanitarian crisis give half the farms to the workers and see how long the business continues to function. Agricultural production will collapse and millions will starve. Glad I am not a farmer. Cannot be many young people wanting to be farmers now days. Another industry destroyed not too many to go now.

      Karl Kat - 2014-10-07 19:28

      Dom soos grond, bou nou n nasie met die lot

      Ike Jakson - 2014-10-07 23:25

      Karl, ek sou nou wel die goeie word grond met ‘n ander een vervang wat met ‘n S begin maar met grond rym. Ek sien die goed om my in die Weskaap boerderygemeenskap waar ek bly.

      Jacko Superb - 2014-10-08 08:57

      So where will we be importing all our food after all the farms are destroyed? Surely not zim..... I thought they were depending on us?

  • princepieter - 2014-10-07 19:20

    Again Politics down playing the poor workers to cause unrest in the W. Cape always the workers pulling on short end.

  • Brian Bagnall - 2014-10-07 19:47

    If These so called workers continue with their crap they will close this counrty down.

      George Galbraith - 2014-10-07 22:03

      The workers are only as bad as the baddie ANC stirrers motivate them to be. Same as workers in the rest of the economy, mines and factories. What we have here is deliberate sabotage of the WC economy - it won't stop on the farms. SA, where if you can't keep the power democratically, you call in the dirty tricks brigade and manipulate the situation to try to do it illegally. But please see this in a big picture frame of reference, that involves a grand plan for Africa involving communist country sponsors - historically.

  • Cecelia Hambides Rosa - 2014-10-07 20:15

    Erhenreich, Fransman have hidden agenda and are using the poor farm workers to further that agenda. Food security is going to be affected just like in the empty bread basket of Africa.

  • Eric Torr - 2014-10-07 20:57

    I smell civil war. Where do we sign up?

      Jacko Superb - 2014-10-08 09:20

      We sign up at nklanda, going there now to claim my land that belonged to my ancestors 500 million years ago when they left for Asia

  • Armand Horn - 2014-10-07 21:15

    "by racist farm owners both black and white" Oi, how do they work this out??? Thought is is only the whiteys that can be racist??

      sam.e.scapes - 2014-10-07 21:32

      Lol! Now both white and black farmers are racist as they are taking measures to prevent their land being taken away. What did the minister think was going to happen?

      Michael Wilson - 2014-10-07 22:54

      The word racism means anything these guys want it too, they don't even try to hide it. It's a popular trend in these parts.

      Jacko Superb - 2014-10-08 09:22

      Does the stealing of farms applies to black farmers as well? I bet half of my nklanda to say otherwise

  • Letlhogonolo Mogashoa - 2014-10-07 22:01

    Farmers have themselves to blame... If they thought mechanisining was a solution, they are wrong... Dialogue is important ... Not this attitude that they are better off

      Genet Joobs - 2014-10-08 08:30

      No Letihogonolo, farmers are right to mechanise. Labour, with their complete lack of productivity, is completely unaffordable now. There is going to be more and more mechanisation, and more and more labour with no work. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

      Jacko Superb - 2014-10-08 09:28

      You and friends invented the word "non-productivity" , five million workers of no work done is still NO work done. Over estimate your African brothers you end up like zim.

  • Tjaart En Ethne Strydom - 2014-10-07 22:06

    You can be sure Tony and Marius are behind this. They promised to make the Westrrn Cape "ingovernmetable"

      Jacko Superb - 2014-10-08 09:28

      Yebo. They want us to live like apes

  • Altus Kirsten - 2014-10-07 22:07

    Do not underestimate the power of angry farmers (that hunt 3-4 times a year) in large numbers.

  • George Galbraith - 2014-10-07 22:24

    We need to think at a higher level than day to day internecine local politics and understand the big picture, so that we are better placed for a strategic response - politically speaking of course. There is, I believe, a grand plan for Africa that informs and makes sense of the ANC/SACP policy madness and agenda; not to mention the gathering emasculation and impoverishment of minorities (read dispossession). Look at the historical communist ties that bind and Z's new world order and so on. We are the lobsters in the pot.

  • christiaan.smith.940 - 2014-10-07 23:46

    Steven, I was approached by a wannabe black "farmer" the other day. He has no capital, no knowledge, no intention to struggle. I Mulungu must help him. I've been around Africa to many times to see how this turns out. Rather start consuming rice, as this is where the current government has sold themselves into.

      Genet Joobs - 2014-10-08 08:31

      Well said.

  • christiaan.smith.940 - 2014-10-07 23:48

    What you don't realize, is that before you blink your eyes, the threat to this country won't be whites, but the Chinese, go briCs!!!!

      Jacko Superb - 2014-10-08 09:29

      My Chinese brothers will enslave them before they even know it

      Jacko Superb - 2014-10-08 09:30

      ZUMA will be made the slave king, you all shall worship him

  • Greg Bremner - 2014-10-08 00:24

    Support the farmers rights to protect their land. Cosatu think they are gods and can act criminaly and have the support of the government. The farmers should protect their land at ALL costs.

  • Dienkie Taute - 2014-10-08 03:37

    This is pure hate mongering by Tony and his cronies! Give us figures. Give us names of places where these evictions are taking place. Deal with this situation by rule of law. Let whomever breaks the law face the consequences but right now you are going to let the entire country suffer the consequences for your power hungry ego!

  • Lunetic Mental - 2014-10-08 07:28

    I am starting my own vegetable and fruit garden because we soon will have no food in this country

  • Piet Pretorius - 2014-10-08 08:04

    So why is this only a problem in the Western Cape. The "evictions" happens on farms all over the country. If somebody do not work for you anymore, he must leave your premises. It is not evictions. It is like when somebody is renting your property and stop paying, he must leave your property. But the big question (of which we know the answer) is WHY is this problem only created by the anc in the Western Cape?

  • sxp - 2014-10-08 08:10

    The thieving regime started this by this pure evil idea. Why would any man risk his lawfully owned properly in any way? Clearly the thieves are targeting the WC, in order to try and gain control over the DA. Maybe farm workers should do their work and rather partner with the owners in ways that suit both parties and not get involved in socialist politics that in the end benefits only the top political fat-cats.

  • The Illuminated One - 2014-10-08 08:23

    I find that the problem is that Tony is not really in it for the workers on these farms, we wants to make the WC ungovernable so that he and his ANC buddies can take back the province from the DA. I dont even think he cares about what happens to the farm workers... and thats sad. Why dont they (The ANC and Cosatu) sit down and discuss urgent matters like normal people... why do they have threaten, burn and destroy.. I am sure a solution can be found !

  • Shane Russell - 2014-10-08 08:38

    As far as i am concerned, the one thing you don't mess with is your countries food supply. Government should be supporting and protecting farmers and instead of threats of violence and intimidation, they should be working with farmers to help train others. Government should not look to productive land to hand over to inexperienced, under-educated people who want to farm, but give them land that is raw so that they can bring up the land to give us more farms - more farms, more farmers = more food for the country.

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2014-10-08 09:11

    Ehrenreich has nothing better to do. I do agree though, where illegal evictions take place steps need to be taken to stop it.

  • Liz Rudy - 2014-10-08 09:15

    Honestly what do you expect farmers to do when Government states that it wants to take 50% of your land, without compensation, and give it to the workers for free? Legal or not, I would do the same if you threatened to take away half my property. The ANC's policy is responsible for this. Time for farmers to mechanize. I read in an article that over 70% of farms in Gauteng are lying fallow as owners walk away because they cannot afford it anymore. We should be encouraging farmers, not chasing them off their land

  • Katryn Van Ryn - 2014-10-08 09:47

    DA,you run WP where do we go from here? Interdict against cosatu and Ehrenreich to prevent them from infringing on farmers right to property,and right to physical integrity? If there are farmers thats evicting then the legal and right way is to take that farmers to court to decide if it was righteous or not isnt it? Its an Labour despite. What about criminal chargers against Cosatu and E for attempt to create civil unrest and instability in the WP? We are waiting to hear what your move is...

  • Jenine Nel Mundey - 2014-10-08 12:03

    "Ppl be talkin about food security and Africans not knowing how to farm. What were we eating before u invaded this land? Or did whites create food lol. Ppl were farming long before u came here". Well, here’s my 5 cents worth in response to that statement: the first people in "this land" were the San Tribe, which by the way are not classed as "Africans" but as brown or coloured people, unless of course your elsewhere in the world. The rest of the world classes us ALL as Africans regardless of colour, so why make the distinction between "whites" and "Africans"? But to come back to the San Tribe (the first origin of people in South Africa), they did not farm crops! They were hunters and gathers. They hunted wild animals and gathered roots, berries and fruits. from the surrounding (self-sustaining) plant life that was already established before anyone arrived in SA. Oh and by the way, a large number of the "African" tribes use to eat each other (cannibalism originated in rural parts of Africa)........ Just saying! Africans do know how to farm, we being doing it since we “invaded” this land!

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