SAHRC intervenes in farm evictions

The South African Human Rights Commission's Free State Provincial Manager, Buang Jones. Photo: Katleho Morapela.

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it is going to intensify measures in dealing with the increasing number of evictions, more particularly farm evictions in the Free State Province.

According to the Commission’s Provincial Manager, Buang Jones, the National Department of Human Settlement is to make its way to the province this coming Friday to discuss plans of actions to prevent further evictions.

Jones says the commission plans to subpoena the municipal manager of Maluti a Phofung and the provincial Head of the Department of Human Settlements following the eviction of village dwellers in Qwaqwa.

Jones says they are still monitoring the recommendation of implementation in the Bokamoso evictions in Qwaqwa.

He says the commission will ascertain that there is progress made regarding the protection of rights of the hundreds of people who were evicted by the municipality a few years ago.

He calls on the Legal Aid and the Provincial Department of Human Settlement to assist in dealing with the issue of land evictions and farm evictions.

Katleho Morapela/ Courant News