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newsRapport reports that Free State Agriculture has called on the Department of Labour to introduce guidelines for the recruitment, remuneration and living conditions of seasonal workers as soon as possible.  

This was said to be needed to prevent issues similar to those which saw hundreds of contract workers recently being removed from three Free State farms outside Wesselsbron and Allanridge.  The seasonal contract workers were apparently housed under appalling conditions.  They claim they were given rotten food, unlike caged lions on the property, and were not paid.  The workers had reportedly been recruited by Hendrik Reyneke, a labour broker, in North West to work on Free State farms.  The farmers they worked for paid Reyneke, who in turn would pay the workers.  The Hawks are investigating provisional charges of child labour and human trafficking.  "No arrests have been made, but we already have a lot of information," a Hawks spokesperson said on Saturday.  He added that there were similar cases, but couldn't confirm that the police had raided another farm near Hoopstad. Henk Vermeulen, head of Free State Agriculture, said Reyneke was not a member of the organisation.

  • Read this report by Jana Smit in full at News24
  • Read the original of this report in Afrikaans at Rapport

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