Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Farm workers demonstrate for change

By Chanel September
21 March 2007

Farm workers from around the Western Cape gathered outside parliament yesterday calling for radical changes.

Approximately 70 people demonstrated under a heavy police presence.

The Alliance of Land and Agrarian Reform Movements spokesperson Mercia Andrews told a daily paper that most of the farm workers earn under R1 000 per month.

She added that police in rural areas just drop cases of violence against women especially when the perpetrators are white farmers.

Alarm says that the government must urgently address problems of the rural poor.

A memorandum was handed over listing their grievances and demands to a representative of the Speaker's office.

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