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Another farmer in court today on charges of assault

Another farmer in court today on charges of assault

24 August 2000

ANC Western Cape Leader Ebrahim Rasool today attended a bail hearing of a farmer who has allegedly beaten his worker. After the alleged incident last month, the worker Mr Felix September walked for about 40km to the nearest ANC office for assistance to lay a charge.

This is the fourth farmer in three months in the area of Albertinia/Riversdale to appear in court over brutality.

Commenting on this after his visit to the court, ANC Leader Ebrahim Rasool said: "The fact that the Mr September walked that kind of distance is proof that the ANC is increasing being seen as the champion of farm workers and victims of brutality.

"This court case comes in the same week when the NNP/DP Coalition declared that no brutality occurred against farm workers in the Western Cape.

"We are satisfied over the fact that more and more farm workers begin to trust the ANC to stand up for them.

"Whils we are happy with the courage of the workers to lay charges, we are extremely upset at the increasing occurrences of evictions, job losses and brutality to which farm workers are being subjected."

Issued by:
ANC Western Cape Communications Dept

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Cameron Dugmore, Head of Dept:
082-894-7553
or
Gert Witbooi, Provincial Media Officer:
082-570-91178

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