Joemat-Pettersson’s comments damaging to agriculture and she doesn’t deserve to return after the election

2014-04-01
Dr Corné Mulder

The latest comments of the minister of agriculture, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, that farmers in the Western Cape are the biggest violators of their worker’s human rights in the whole of the country, is irresponsible and very damaging to the good relations in the agricultural sector.

This is not the first time that the minister has made this kind of unfounded statements with regards to farmers in the Western Cape. During the artificially created riots in De Doorns, she made similar statements.

It was later revealed that she had directly funded some of the prominent organisations involved in the riots and afterwards arrogantly announced in Parliament that she would continue with it. The minister’s strategy and attempts are transparent, her political colours are showing. She wants to win the votes of farmworkers for the ANC and lacking a better policy, the only manner in which she is able to do it, is to make farmers suspect.

Farmers in the Western Cape are some of the best performing farmers in South Africa who compete internationally with their products. Nobody is in favour of the rights of labourers being violated, but farmers also have rights.

Food security and stability in the agricultural sector is important. The FF Plus calls on President Zuma to, should the ANC win the election, not re-appoint Joemat-Pettersson as the minister of agriculture. Farmers and farm workers of South Africa deserve better.

 

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