Ramaphosa: Farmworker evictions a major concern for govt

Ramaphosa said the rate at which labourers are being kicked out of their homes is alarming.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says farmworker evictions in the Boland area are a major concern for government.

Ramaphosa and other senior African National Congress leaders visited Mbekweni near Paarl on Sunday as part of the community engagement programme led by the party.

Residents used the opportunity to voice their concerns over a host of issues.

Ramaphosa said meetings between government and farming unions are planned for this week in a bid to find solutions to farmworker evictions.

He said the rate at which labourers, especially in the Boland are being kicked out of their homes, is alarming.

"Mass evictions should not be taking place in a democratic South Africa."

The deputy president called on farm owners to refrain from evicting their workers until a consensus between all parties has been found.

"I'd like more of the information to be put together and I am prepared, together with the minister that we should immediately act on this."

Meanwhile, by-elections are set to take place in this area next month.