The DA supported the motion but said the EFF’s resolution in its current form was a disservice to farm workers and did more harm than good as it was riddled with sweeping statements, blanket accusations and aimed at causing divisions and animosity.
DA MP Annelie Lotriet said they would propose an amendment to the resolution when it is tabled.
She said it was evident that the focus of this was primarily on one province, the Western Cape, which is governed by the DA. “Therefore the DA would, if the draft resolution is tabled before the house, submit an amendment resolution indicating that the house notes that the agricultural sector in this country is an important contributor to the economy and food security,” Lotriet said.
The future of the country’s economy was dependent on the wellbeing of everyone involved in the sector, Lotriet said, adding they would support the establishment of an ad hoc committee as proposed by the EFF.
This would be “to conduct a comprehensive review of the conditions of farm workers across the country, including all the work that has been done within and by the agricultural organisations in the country. Make an assessment of legislation affecting farm workers and then make recommendations for any amendments should it be necessary,” she said.
Freedom Front Plus MP Tamarin Breedt said the motion by the EFF was nothing but “cheap politicking by a party that has become out of touch with reality and its own constituents”.
The IFP said the party believed there were laws in place to protect farm workers and that those tasked with enforcing such laws should be held accountable instead of “reinventing the wheel” by establishing a committee.
“We cannot keep talking about investigating matters and do little to enforce protection,” said IFP MP Xolani Ngwezi.