Farmworkers lay assault charge against farmer

South Africa

Johannesburg – Two industrial farmworkers in the town of Greenbushes, Port Elizabeth, are living in fear after several incidents of ill-treatment by their white employer.

Cellphone footage shows the farmer swearing at one of the workers and beating him with fists after an accident in which the farmer allegedly drove recklessly without concern for his passengers.

According to the two farmworkers claim this was not the first such incident.

They claim, in the middle of the year, the farmer allegedly humiliated them in front of his two daughters when they were on their way to fix a pump in a dam.

The farmer, Dawie Steyn has denied the allegations.

Police confirm they have completed investigating a charge of assault and have sent the case to the senior public prosecutor for a decision.


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