12 March 2015
The South African Human Rights
Commission said at this stage it has not received a formal compliant to
investigate the green card saga in Worcester.
A report last week alleges that gardeners in
Worcester have to apply for a green card in order for them to be eligible to
apply for work in certain neighbourhoods in the area.
The Commission said it takes concern that the
establishment of such a system would constitute a discriminatory practice which
impacts upon the constitutional rights of the workers.
SA Human Rights Commission
Isaac Mangena says the Human Rights Commission had investigated these similar
matters and conducting public hearings in 2004 and in the report concluded that
it will not condone that conduct that really resembles these community
practises and deny people their fundamental freedom. We really need to act and
found out why these communities have decided to do this.
Meanwhile the South African
Communist Party in the Western Cape has called on government to urgently
investigate what it describes a disgusting practise.
SACP Provincial Spokesperson
Masonwabe Sokoyi said the implementation of the “dompass” in Worcester adds
further evidence to a growing trend of working class repression in the
Sokoyi said “we view the green
card as the second coming of the dompass and again we are however disappointed
but not surprised by the comment made by MEC Dan Plato that he is aware of the
situation and he could not do anything to make sure that conduct does not take
place at all”, Sokoyi added.
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