The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in the Western Cape are calling for the immediate arrest of a farmer in Worcester who allegedly set his dog on an employee. They are also appealing to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to investigate this matter.

In a statement, the EFF said the alleged incident occurred on November 20, 2020, and that the dog was set on the employee “with an intention to cause grevious bodily harm”. The employee is reportedly the fifth victim of such an attack.

“It is deeply troubling that a farmer would set his dog on a defenceless woman and watch her while the dog tear her muscles apart. One cannot begin to imagine the pain and trauma that the victim of this horrendous act must have undergone while her perpetrator watches her cry for help,” the EFF Western Cape wrote in a statement.

“As the EFF Western Cape we are on the view that this inhumane treatment of farm workers by white farmers is a microcosm and a reflection of what the majority of farm workers experience on farms. As the EFF Western Cape we ask the question: how long will our people suffer in this manner?”

On Friday [December 18], the EFF Western Cape visited the farm and “established that the farmer treats farm workers like animals and subjects them to all sorts of inhumane treatment such as confining them in spaces where they live in structures that have no basic amenities such as clean running water and toilets.”

A case has been opened against the farmer and reported to the SAHRC. The EFF will assist the victim’s family in seeking compensation.

Picture: Facebook / EFF Western Cape

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