COSATU Limpopo is outraged by the ill-treatment of workers on a farm near Groblersdal  

25 January 2024

The Congress of South African Trade Unions(COSATU) in Limpopo is shocked, outraged and horrified by blatant ill-treatment of workers on a farm near Groblersdal. It is reported that two workers were severely assaulted and had dogs set on them after the employer and his son accused the workers of “sleeping on duty”.

We must outrightly remind all that matters of discipline at work are handled in terms of the provisions of the Labour Relations Act. Physical violence is prohibited in the workplace and constitutes a criminal offence in terms of the South African Criminal Law. Our analysis and characterisation of this crime committed by the employer and his son constitute hate crime inspired by racism.

COSATU is further disturbed by the actions of some racists who supported the father and son on 24 January 2024, by parading around the streets of Groblersdal and created disorder and anarchy around the court precinct, while carrying the flags of the defunct republics. Their behaviour characterises the fossilized ideas as represented by the fascist polices of apartheid. We condemn in the strongest terms, the tomfoolery of 24 January 2024, which was not only ugly but also undermined the authority of the state.

Law enforcement agencies must leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the victims find justice, and that those who committed crimes in the episode of 24 January 2024 are brought to book.

The Federation urges members and the community to remain vigilant against all forms of racism and highlight them where they rear their ugly head. Our commitment to building a peaceful and cohesive society where every person will be respected irrespective of class and race remains undeterred.

Issued by COSATU Limpopo

Hangwani Mashao(Provincial Secretary)

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