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The conditions under which some black people live on farms 14 years after democracy are despicable and a disgrace, the Department of Minerals and Energy said this week.
This followed a visit to workers evicted from Spruitfontein farm near Rustenburg in North West.
Among those who visited the farm and the workers on Tuesday were officials from the minerals and energy, labour and land affairs departments, Cosatu and the SA Human Rights Commission.
"The site, which was more like a slum than a farm, is now totally flattened. Everything is destroyed. The only thing moving around that place are chickens," said Minerals and Energy Department spokesperson Bheki Khumalo.
"The conditions under which black people live on farms 14 years after democracy is despicable and a disgrace," he said.
The farmer, Eddie Engelbrecht, evicted 33 families last Thursday after obtaining a court order.
Khumalo said the court order was granted on February 4 and the decision was executed a day before Workers Day on May 1.
"Engelbrecht alleges that the eviction was due to mining activity that would take place on the farm.
"There is some mining activity adjacent to Mr Engelbrecht's farm. [The] question is, does that company have extended mining rights?" asked Khumalo.
He said the his department would appoint an attorney and appeal the eviction order within 10 days.
The department had agreed that disaster management officials would work with the provincial government to provide the displaced families with food, water and other essentials. - Sapa