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African life is still worthless in South Africa

7 September 2012

The Congress of South African Trade Unions in the North West is disturbed by the report that the farmer who is accused of killing a black African farm worker has pleaded to pay a bail of anything between R1000 and one million in the Vryburg magistrate court.

The other disturbing factor is the fact that the prosecutor has not called the investigating officer to present his view in the bail application of the accused.

For us as COSATU this is a confirmation that money still continues to rule this country and people continue to commit crimes knowing that they will use their money to defend themselves.

What is also disturbing is the fact that the same killed farm worker was not earning a decent wage that would sufficiently take care of his family and take him out of poverty, as we speak the family has no money to bury the killed farm worker.

Our justice system is still biased to those who can afford to pay lawyers and fails to defend the poor people of this country.

Just recently in Stella farm, workers were injured while travelling on unroadworthy tractor. The case has disappeared in the court of Vryburg and the owner of the tractor is still free.

Cases involving workers being killed are disappearing in the entire province - the case of a worker killed at Lebogang and the farm children killed by farmers on their way to school at Stella. All these cases have disappeared in the hands of police, investigators and the prosecution.

COSATU calls on the magistrate in the Vryburg court to deny the accused bail. They must remain in custody until the case is finalised and they must get what Mahlangu got for killing the racist man called ET.

For more information contact Solly Phetoe, COSATU North West Provincial secretary, at 082 304 4055

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