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HRC dealing with hundreds of WC farm eviction cases

This month it has also been called in to attend to various other cases of human rights violations in over twenty areas in the province.

One of the families living in Newrest, Wellington after being evicted from a farm. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Human Rights Commission has dealt with about 500 farm eviction cases in the Western Cape this year.

This month it has also been called in to attend to various other cases of human rights violations in over twenty areas in the province.

Some of these violations include unfair labour practices in Suurbraak, to land owners in Riversdale blocking poorer communities from accessing coastal areas.

"It was an ugly matter. I'll never forget it," says Susan Demas.

The 76-year-old Demas was forcibly removed from a farm she’d lived on for more than two decades in December 2015.

Demas, along with 22 other families, had their houses broken down and their furniture tossed out by the new farm owner.

The new farmer provided the displaced families with corrugated iron shacks in Newrest settlement. But Demas, who lost her daughter and granddaughter to TB last year, says living here has broken their spirit.

"When it rains here, then it rains... it really comes down."

The Human Rights Commission says it has dealt with hundreds of cases like these in the province.