More than four months ago the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) wrote to President Cyril Ramaphosa asking him to uphold a promise made in 2014 for a moratorium on farm evictions. Ramaphosa has not yet responded, GroundUp reports.
In November 2014, Ramaphosa, who was deputy president at the time, was quoted by City Press as promising a moratorium on evictions, after he and a delegation of senior ministers met agricultural and farm labour representatives in Paarl. The visit came after a spate of protests by farmworkers, demanding higher wages and better working conditions, turned violent.
Since his election to office in February, activists and lobby groups have called on Ramaphosa to implement the moratorium, but without success.
Activists argue that a moratorium is necessary to secure the tenure rights of all farm dwellers. They want an end to forced removals; the opportunity for long-term tenants to build structures, and for farm dwellers to be able to use the land they occupy for their own purposes.