It is becoming apparent that people in the Western Cape agricultural community is growing tired of Nosey Pieterse, secretary general of the farmworkers trade union, Bawusa, and the discord which he is sowing between farmers and farmworkers to his own advantage, Dr. Corné Mulder, the leader of the FF Plus in the Western Cape says.
In 2012 Pieterse’s involvement led to huge riots in the area. Exactly one year ago, only one hundred people arrived at his planned protest march. According to a report in Die Burger today, 3 November, residents have now turned their backs on him and nobody was prepared to be part of his planned march. They are apparently tired of Pieterse’s interference.
Dr. Mulder said this has now sent out a clear message that farmworkers no longer want to be part of the ANC and its collaborators’ disruption tactics in the province.
“It is important that the ANC leadership in the Western Cape, Marius Fransman, as well as Tony Ehrenreich of Cosatu take thorough notice of this. A new dynamic is busy developing in the Cape and things such as the Correctional Services court case is opening the eyes of especially the brown people about the ANC’s indifference toward minorities such as brown and white people.
“Even on ground level workers are starting to see for themselves how Pieterse and others only start their disruption attempts during seasonal times, as has happened the last couple of years in De Doorns.
“The FF Plus invited Pieterse a long time ago to render proof of farmers on a large scale changing worker’s service conditions or to fire workers. We are again asking him to give proof of this or to withdraw his claims.
“Dissatisfied workers is a good source for trade unions such as Bawusa. What is happening now is therefore not good for Pieterse,” Dr. Mulder says.
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