‘We drink water with animals’, farmworker tells commission of inquiry
Mashishing – Elderly farmworkers have told a commission of inquiry on farm dwellers their former bosses treated them like useless goods after they retired.
The Mpumalanga farm dwellers spoke out during the R10m public hearings being held to investigate the socio-economic conditions of their ilk in the province.
Elizabeth Maphanga, 65, who stays in Bottelspruit farm with her partner, set the tone with her grim story. “I worked and stayed on our farm while I was still a young and now I am old and retired, I am treated like a useless item by my former employers. I stayed in a caravan, but I was fired from work after I fell from a tree while working. That’s why today I am old, poor and disabled,” Maphanga said.
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