No slavery in South Africa

What is a slave?   That is a person who is the legal property of another and is forced to obey them.   A slave is a person legally owned by another and having no freedom of action or right to property. a person who is forced to work for another against his will.   It is a person under the domination of another person or some habit or influence and a person who works in harsh conditions for low pay.    The Department of Labour created the legislations in South Africa and the minimum salaries of workers, not the farmers.

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Labour Law (Agricultural)


Wat is ‘n slaaf?    Slawe leef oor die algemeen in ‘n tipe gevangenis onder die oog van die meester wat hom/haar gekoop het.   Daar bestaan nie so iets in Suid-Afrika nie.   Slawe verdien ook  nie inkomstes of salarisse nie en word gedwing om werk onder dwang te doen.

Op watter planeet lewe die slawe van die EFF? Hoeveel slawe het Ramaphosa op sy plase – sowel die ander lede van parlement?  Oppenheimer het ook groot plase, hoeveel slawe bly daar en hoeveel is hulle werd?

Tans is die Boerdery gemeenskap in Suid-Afrika wat in sommige gevalle die enigste wat soms gratis akkommodasie met ander dienste, ekstra voedsel verskaf, wat geen ander besigheid of maatskappy doen nie.   Enige sulke byvoordele is soms beskrywend in kontrakte, wat die Boere ekstra uitgawe uit die sak jaag.

Die regering rig ook nie gratis blyplekke op vir plaaswerkers nie, die Boere doen dit self en gee kapitaal daarop uit, indien hulle dit wel kan bekostig.   So iets word nie voorskriftelik gedoen nie en ook nie verpligtend nie.  Geen besigheid doen dit nie.

Dis die Departement van Arbeid wat die salarisse bepaal, nie die Boer of besighede nie.    


The EFF came to its own conclusion that all farmworkers are slaves in their country of birth, and farmers are the slave owners.   BUT they are missing the meaning of a slave – no farmer in South Africa has a slave, but they all are workers with contracts.  There are also black farmers, with workers on that farms, are they also the owners of that workers?

National Assembly | EFF, ANC debate on farmworkers


The EFF  wanted Parliament to conduct a special review of the living and working conditions of farmworkers.   And with that request, the EFF discriminate against all workers, because there are workers all over in South Africa at universities, schools,  hospital, municipality, even in Parliament there are workers.     It is not only farm workers, but there are also truck drivers, working for different companies on deliveries, etc.   They are not slaves.

There are millions of blacks and khoi san that living on trustlands or CPA and are co-owners on that lands.   They claimed land in their thousands – land that was already handed over to them.   There are workers on the trustlands and cpa’s – just a matter of interesting, who are the slaves and owners of those slaves?   The 8840 traditional leaders are then also slave owners of that trustland and cpa’s.

Some of the blacks, like the president of the country have more than one property as well as shares of companies.   The members of parliament must look at their own list where they declared their properties.   There are millions of whites that also not have farmland or even a house and live under trees or squatter camps.

Most of the time it is only farmers that give extra income and priviliges to their workers, like free accommodation and other services, food, etc.   Where are the big companies and businesses, even the B-BBEE companies and businesses do not give food, accommodation, to their workers.   All workers have to pay for their own accommodation, transport, food, etc.

ALL of the workers have contracts and are under the Labour legislations even those on farms and those legislations.     If you are not satisfied or happy with your job or circumstances, then apply for something else.

But the EFF wants more attention on them regarding farming as such.

A mini-plenary of the National Assembly has debated a draft resolution from the EFF to establish an ad-hoc committee to consider this review.

“The lack of adequate law enforcement on farms has created an undesirable relationship on farms. A relationship that makes farmworkers slaves in the country of their birth, and farm owners, slave owners. Parliament must play a leading role towards the protection of the constitutional rights of all, particularly the vulnerable groups in society.    Farmworkers included,” said the EFF’s Sam Matiase.

The ANC, however, says the call is ill-conceived.

It says processes are already in place to ensure the fair treatment of farmworkers.

The party’s Mandla Mandela says the focus should be on building a strong agrarian sector, in an ailing economy.


Mr. Peter Erasmus, Chairperson of Agri-SA Labour Committee, made the following introductory points in order to explain their position and how they approach this issue:
– Agriculture is a long- term business. Those involved that do not accept and realise this will find themselves out in the cold very fast;
– Likewise they manage and administer their labour component on a long- term basis and this is crucial to the success of employers in agriculture.

Mr. Kleynhans spoke on the structure of the organisation, an overview of what the agricultural labour market looks like and the trends and policies that Agri-SA is following.

Organisational Structure
– It represents approximately 70 000 commercial farmers (the large scale farmers are mostly white and the small scale emerging farmers are mostly black) incorporated into about 1000 farmers associations.


EFF MP  Sam Matiase call other MP that did not support the EFF in the house names



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