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SAHRC abandons case into Athol Trollip mistreating his farmworkers

Athol Trollip’s former employees accused him of calling them baboons and allege they were paid R200 monthly.

DA member Athol Trollip delivering a speech during the party's march against unemployment in Johannesburg on 27 January 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.
Athol Trollip,the South African Human Rights Commission SAHRC
Local Politics

CAPE TOWN – The South African Human Rights Commission has abandoned its probe into claims that the Democratic Alliance (DA’s) leader in the Eastern Cape, Athol Trollip, mistreated his farmworkers.

The commission received complaints from Trollip's former employees.

They've accused him of calling them baboons and allege they were paid just R200 a month.

But the commission's spokesperson Isaac Mangena says some of the complaints date back to the 1970s and 80s making it difficult for the human rights body to investigate.

“They [claims] took place before the inception of the commission and the Constitution of the new democracy. We had issues of prejurisdiction so based on that the commission decided to drop the complaint.”

Trollip has denied the allegations claiming it's a smear campaign ahead of the local government elections.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)

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