On Thursday the leadership of the Food and
Allied Workers Union has learned with disdain and disappointment that officials
from the Home Affairs Department and the officers from the South African Police
Services are on a concerted xenophobic which-hunt of farm workers, who are
mainly nationals from Zimbabwe and Lesotho, and in the process have arrested
more than 140 in the town of Ceres and surrounding areas.
Fawu’s general secretary Katishi Masemola
explains further that this morally repugnant campaign by Home Affairs
and the Police was carried as from yesterday afternoon throughout the evening
with workers taken from trucks and loaded to police vehicles and dropped off at
the police stations.
Masemola adds that as Fawu They are aware of an emerging alliance between
farmers labour brokers, who some masquerade as supporters of farm workers
struggles and some in government, be they police officers, home affairs
officials or councilors.
adds that the purpose of this campaign is to mete out punishment to the farm
workers, especially foreign nationals, for having engaged in historically
unprecedented strike action in pursuit of their demands.
Foreign nationals are
punished for having part of the strike and local farm workers, punished
differently, for not been xenophobic.
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