Farm dwellers’ rights are not just about unlawful eviction
Under the law, a farm dweller should not be prevented from living with their children, spouses or close relatives as this infringes their dignity
In June this year, a farm worker from the Matzikama area in the Western Cape told the story of his family’s gravesite. Like many farm workers across the country, generations of his family have worked, lived and been laid to rest on the farm on which he works and lives.
One day, the owner of the farm decided to build a rugby field over the graves of his deceased family members, permanently depriving him and his family from the ability to visit their graves. He relayed how the rugby players will often claim that when playing on those fields they gain strength from the graves beneath.