UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

HRC INQUIRY CAUTIOUSLY WELCOMED

STATEMENT ISSUED BY MR S ABRAM, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR AGRICULTURE AND LAND AFFAIRS

The UDM on a number of instances expresses its concern at the appalling conditions imposes on some farm workers and the escalating rate of crime aimed at farmers. SA must not loose sight, however, of the great strides taken by many farmers and workers to transform their relationship, into shining examples of equity and enterprise.

The UDM welcomes the Human Rights Commission investigation into farming communities, which was launched yesterday. This is a reflection of the seriousness of an issue that dominates the Agricultural sector. The UDM implores the HRC to remain focused on their set objectives, specifically to provide a holistic perspective on a unique community with emphasis on safety and security, economic and social rights.

The serious atrocities inflicted upon farmers and workers alike are a direct indication of the ANC government's inability to give adequate prioritisation to a pivotal sector of our society that affects both job opportunities and living conditions of thousands.

The UDM calls on the Minister of Agriculture and Land Affairs and the Minister of Safety and Security to urgently deliver on promises of safety and security and better daily living conditions, by implementing constructive and goal-orientated programmes which address the eradication of crime, violence, exploitation of workers, especially children and women and illegal evictions, to name but a few, and to contribute towards positive co-existence between farmer and labourer.

Enquiries:
Salam Abram, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Agriculture and Land Affairs
082 375 8834

Cape Town
12 June 2001