Executive Director of Rural and Farmworkers Development Organisation, Billy Claasen, says he is concerned…

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Executive Director of Rural and Farmworkers Development Organisation, Billy Claasen, says he is concerned…

Executive Director of Rural and Farmworkers Development Organisation, Billy Claasen, says he is concerned by what he termed the “appalling living conditions” of farm workers on a farm at Paarl in the Boland. Claasen claims that some farm workers at the Marlenique Estate have no proper toilet facilities in houses they occupy. He says earlier this week the workers protested outside the farm against the conditions but were confronted by a private security company who allegedly fired rubber bullets. Claasen also claims there is no running water in the houses of some of the workers and that they only have access to water from an outside tap. He further claims that for two weeks these taps had no water but have since been reconnected: “For me it was like shocking that such a posh farm didn’t even have water in the houses which is a basic right and also no toilets in the houses. The houses are in a very bad condition. Those people have been staying there for 15 years, 20 years, 30 years and there’s children in the houses.” The managment of the farm could not be immediately reached for comment.









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2 comments on “Executive Director of Rural and Farmworkers Development Organisation, Billy Claasen, says he is concerned…

  1. Well if i was staying there for 20-30 years, i would have built my own toilet after the first year, and even a shower too, for the comfort of my wife and children and visitors. So in 30years time i would have cut down on my drinking and made my place a beautiful niche for everyone to admire.( it is like the talents the Bible speak of— some got more and some got less, but you must work with your talents.)

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