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Woman in bakkie cage incident sets the record straight

Linda Senekal, who is reportedly four months pregnant, caught a lift with Cradock farmer Johan Erasmus.

The image has caused a stir on social media. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - The woman who sat caged in the back of an Eastern Cape farmer’s bakkie says she opted to sit there because it was cooler than sitting inside the vehicle.

News of the farmworker sitting in a sheep’s pen on the back of a bakkie broke after a photograph was shared on social media this week.

Linda Senekal (27), who is reportedly four months pregnant caught, a lift with Cradock farmer Johan Erasmus.

In a Facebook video, a woman is seen asking Senekal to tell her side of the story.

“I asked for a lift from the farmer and he gave it to me. He asked me if I wanted to sit in front and I said 'no it’s too hot and I’d rather sit in the back.'”

Earlier on Thursday, the farmer said he didn't see anything wrong with transporting a woman in the back of his bakkie in a cage.

Speaking to Cape Talk earlier today, Johan Erasmus said the whole story had simply been blown out of proportion.

“I didn’t see anything wrong with it at that stage and I still don’t. She asked me for a lift. I use the speaker phone as I do business and deal with pricing and need privacy. When she said she’d sit at the back, I didn't offer to have her sit in front. I didn't see any problem with it. It was a warm day as well, it wasn’t raining.”

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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