KwaZulu-Natal Prime Minister Sihle Zikalala said over the weekend that ongoing tensions between farmers and workers were endemic in many parts of the province.
To address the strained relationship, Zikalala became involved in the farming communities of Pongolo, Vryheid and Newcastle over two days, including a meeting with a family whose house was allegedly demolished by a farmer in Glückstadt .
The main objective was to hear What challenges farm workers and residents face, improve relationships between them and farmers, and outline government approaches to accountability in addressing reported human rights abuses and abuses within farming communities.
The Prime Minister was elected by members of his Cabinet accompanied.
Among the burning problems raised by the communities were the alleged abuse by farm owners and the prejudice of the police against the community and in favor of the farmers.
In Pongolo on Saturday Zikalala states that there are a number of problems with the farmers and the community people who live there.
“The existing hostility will not help us. This problem does not only occur in Zululand. This is a trend and we will intervene in all areas.
“Where we intervene, we will also create a structure that has to investigate the questions raised.
” We want to To create an environment where farmers, workers and residents live together in harmony.
“We also want to ensure the productivity of all farms, including those that have been successfully claimed and transferred to communities.
< p> “It is a trend that we have noticed that when there are problems between farmers and workers, the police are accused of being on the farmers’ side.
” We want the police to be on one Acts in a manner that is so impartial and objective. We are consolidating them and referring them to the department they are following, “Zikalala said.
Zikalala made a call from the farming community for one on Sunday in front of hundreds of rural residents and workers in the northern KwaZulu-Natal agricultural district of Normandy Commission of Inquiry into Your Concerns
“I support the establishment of a commission of inquiry into the concerns of the farming communities in KwaZulu-Natal. I have a reservation about commissions and the fact is that problems take too long to resolve, ”he said.
The culmination of engagements was the lighting of a candle in a call for peace and social commitment Cohesion among the communities. The candlelight ceremony was also a reminder of the residents of the farming community who succumbed to the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.
Zikalala encouraged the communities to “plant the seeds of peace, unity and social cohesion, that will contribute to the growth of KwaZulu-Natal in a fertile and prosperous province. “
Following the commitments, Zikalala set up a cabinet committee to deal with the issues raised.
The committee will meet monthly and report to the community every three months.
< The newly appointed Provincial Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi has been appointed to deal with complaints related to the police.