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sahrc thumb medium90 90The Star reports that Human Rights Commissioner and former ANC Western Cape chairperson Chris Nissen last week slammed the Extension of Security of Tenure Act (Esta).  

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) was holding a public exploratory hearing into land and the impact of rural land use and ownership patterns in SA.  Nissen, who chaired the hearing, said Esta, which gave occupiers ownership rights to their residences which they occupied on farms, was not working to protect farm workers and dwellers.  “Esta is not helping people.  It is facilitating the smooth eviction of farm dwellers,” he stated.  Nissen claimed that even police officers did not protect people unlawfully evicted from farms, but in some cases assisted security companies hired to assist in farm expulsions in the illegal eviction of farm workers and dwellers.  Nissen told the hearing that little had been done to improve living conditions of farm workers and dwellers despite the existence of laws to protect them.  Ahmed Mayet from the Foundation for Human Rights, told the hearing that the government should consider amending labour laws to cater for seasonal farm workers.

  • Read this report by Loyiso Sidimba in full at The Star


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