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Added: May 3, 2021
A protest about workers’ rights in Limpopo took a sinister turn on Saturday, after some EFF supporters threatened to target the farms and trucks of ZZ2.
Representatives of the EFF have been roundly lambasted for stepping over the line during their protests against fresh produce company, ZZ2. The distributor has been accused of ignoring worker’s rights, prompting the Red Berets to conduct a ‘labour desk’ visit with dozens of supporters. However, the rally soon took an outrageous turn.
EFF ‘THREATEN TO ATTACK FARMS’ IN LIMPOPO
Fired-up EFF members allegedly threatened to burn trucks and attack farms belonging to the ZZ2 group in Mopani, Limpopo. With emotions running high, things started to get out of hand on Saturday afternoon.
They also made threats that if they don’t get what they want they will attack ZZ2 trucks and farms. The ZZ2 farm owners were not immediately available for comment. Crdt @SAfmnews— Shylet Maganga (@shurugwian) May 2, 2021
DA REASSURE BUSINESSES OVER ‘TRUCK BURNING’ CLAIMS
As expected, the threats have drawn widespread criticism across the political spectrum. The DA made their voices heard too, with Solly Malatsi – the party’s political head in Mopani – branding the taunts as ‘disgusting’.
In a recently published statement, Malatsi gave his support to ZZ2 and the farming communities of Limpopo, and called for heightened police surveillance at strategic points to ensure the safety of land owners and rural workers.
“The DA in Limpopo is disgusted by the EFF’s threats of violence against ZZ2, during their protest yesterday on Worker’s Day. It is opportunistic for them to threaten to burn ZZ2 trucks and attack its farms, all of which will, if executed, destroy the livelihood of thousands of farmworkers.”
“Our local farmers play a significant role in keeping the Limpopo economy running and the DA stands firmly against attempts by the EFF to undermine or attack our farming communities. We call on SAPS to closely monitor the situation and intervene immediately should party members act on any of the threats made.”