SAHRC wants to restore dignity of people evicted from WC farms

The SAHRC has been dealing with about 500 cases related to farm evictions in the province this year.

Residents of the Spokiesdorp informal settlement currently live near a sewage plant which poses a health risk. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it wants to restore the dignity of people who have been through traumatic farm evictions in the Western Cape.

The SAHRC has been dealing with about 500 cases related to farm evictions in the province this year.

This month, the commission has also addressed other human rights violations in over twenty communities.

Most residents of the Spokiesdorp informal settlement in Rawsonville were placed there by farm owners who set up shacks made of wood and iron.

It has become overcrowded.

Cathleen Fourie who lives directly next to the sewage plant says this facility poses a health risk to residents.

“It’s horrible. The little kids here get diarrhoea and gastro all the time.”

Regional commissioner Chris Nissen says his hope is that dignity is restored to those who've been subjected to traumatic evictions , legal or not.

“The most important thing for us is to get a dialogue going an to make sure we speak to stakeholders to find a better way of dealing with this matter. If they’re asked to leave the far, at least there should be a decent structure for them to live in where they’ll have dignity

The SAHRC is compiling a report on its findings in the Western Cape.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)