DA to report Turffontein Racecourse to Human Rights Commission

Paul Willemburg MPL

DA Shadow MEC of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation

I will today be writing to the Human Rights Commission (HRC) to request an investigation into the deplorable living conditions of grooms at the Turffontein Racecourse in Johannesburg.

Reports in today’s Sowetan newspaper suggest that 400 grooms at the racecourse share just two toilets and that they are forced to live in one-room shacks with up to five people.

Further, many of the grooms reportedly sleep on the concrete floor or bare wooden boards.

These conditions are absolutely unacceptable and violate the basic human rights and dignity of the employees of the racecourse.

I will be requesting the HRC to investigate this matter and find a way to relieve the plight of these grooms as a matter of urgency.

We cannot allow for people’s basic human rights to be undermined in such a manner. As a country in its twentieth year of democracy we need to unite to ensure that nobody need spend a single day under such circumstances.