DA debates motion on farm workers

The following speeches were delivered in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature on Friday 21 September 2015 by the DA’s John Moodey MPL, Ina Cilliers MPL, Janho Engelbrecht MPL, and Kingsol Chabalala MPL, during debates on the motion regarding farm workers.

Speech by
John Moodey MPL

“New partnerships will pave the way forward”

  • It is true that the farm worker was denied the protection of collective bargaining, was in too many instances exploited as a mere means of production, with scant consideration of working and living conditions and in some instances treated as indentured labour.
  • One thing I do believe, is that we cannot be concerned about the farm worker in isolation, for they form an integral part of the labour force.
  • We cannot change the past, for we have no control over it, however we can deal with the present, taking into consideration the future.

The full speech can be obtained here.

 

Speech by

Ina Cilliers MPL

“Agricultural reforms needed to unlock opportunities”

  • …farm workers and their families are some of the most marginalised members of our society, as a result of our unfair past, but also as a result of government policies and legislation of the past 21 years…
  • Our department of Agriculture should completely re-think the way they approach the sector. The first priority should be skills development – and not skills we needed 100 years ago…
  • We require a capable state that delivers quality basic services to ensure that our people receive a good education, are healthy, know their rights, and can pursue their dreams by taking up opportunities provided by a vibrant commercial sector.

The full speech can be obtained here.

 

Speech by

Janho Eneglbrecht MPL

“Cheap politicking adds no value to human plight”

  • …it is only right that farm labourers should also enjoy rights like maternity leave and pension.
  • …agriculture and farmer workers should not be used as a political tools to score short term political points. The risks are just too high.
  • We have the ability to defy the orthodoxies of foreign ideologues and devise a set of pragmatic, realistic proposals that would make a real difference to the people of South Africa.

The full speech can be obtained here.

 

Speech by

Kingsol Chabalala MPL

“Minimum wage would increase unemployment”

  • For generations farm workers across South Africa have probably suffered the worst kind of indignity that any human could endure.
  • Our opponents in the ANC and the EFF talk about widespread abuses of farm workers across South Africa – but somehow… we don’t seem to see or hear of farmers being prosecuted or jailed for breaking the law.
  • Honourable Speaker, if a minimum wage had to be imposed by government, commercial farming in South Africa would come to a complete standstill. Just imagine the devastating impact on the economy, and the millions of workers who would suddenly find themselves without jobs.

 

The full speech can be obtained here.