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farming thumb medium80 84GroundUp reports that as uncertainty and fear grows amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, some farms in the Western Cape are closing their doors.  This means that hundreds, if not thousands, of seasonal farmworkers will be without means to provide for their families.  

One such person is Elizabeth Pietersen, who was recently dismissed "with immediate effect" without receiving a warning.  The only explanation she apparently received was that "it's because of the virus".  She was sent home with just two days of pay, but intends to apply for unemployment insurance.  According to Pietersen, she was one of 25 workers who were dismissed.  But Pietersen and her colleagues are fighting back.  On Friday, she joined about 30 female farmworkers and farm dwellers who picketed outside the offices of the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in Cape Town to highlight what they go through daily.  The picket was also held to commemorate Human Rights Day, which was on 21 March.  A memorandum of demands was handed over to the SAHRC and a meeting is expected to be held soon.  Some of the issues raised in the memorandum included farm evictions, occupational health hazards, wages and poor living conditions.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Ashraf Hendricks at News24


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