Human rights on wine farms
By Khanyisa Tabata
24 August 2011
Agri South Africa has rejected Human Rights Watch’s report on human rights conditions in the county’s fruit and wine industries as being one-sided, malicious and unfair.
Agri SA’s president, Johannes Möller, is now questioning whether the research methods used were credible. He says all deciduous fruit export farms are certified as required by the international retail trade.
According to Möller, it is highly unlikely that the allegations contained in the report are a true reflection of current circumstances on farms in the Western Cape.
The ANC in the Western Cape reacted by slamming the Province’s DA government for failing people who live and work on farms.
The Western Cape MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development, Gerrit van Rensburg, says he plans to meet with representatives of Human Rights Watch.
He says he is very concerned about some of the findings and that they need to be investigated as a matter of urgency.