ANC condemns mass farm evictions taking place in the Western Cape

G Tseke

The African National Congress condemns the mass farm evictions taking place in the Western Cape. Recently about 300 people from the Klein Akker farm near Wallacedene in Kraaifontein were evicted and dumped next to the road in Kraaifontein. This was not the first group of people to be affected with this brutal eviction, few months ago people were evicted in Steenvilla in Retreat. Families in Windneul and Kaaleder Wine Farms were also evicted this year also. Clearly this is common practice in this province and most farms that are affected are in the Boland Region.

Those that were left stranded in Kraaifontein include children and pensioners and their homes were demolished by law enforcement and security guards. Due to the National government's intervention, alternative accommodation has been arranged for them. As the ANC we could not fold our arms and keep quiet when our poor people are stripped of their dignity and made to sleep in plastic shelters along the road. The High Court last week also ruled that the City of Cape Town must make available temporary emergency shelter in the form of land in Philippi. The ANC calls upon the Western Cape government to be proactive and identify land available for farm dwellers rather than heartlessly resorting to evictions.

I Thank you