Farmer up for child labour

Published on news24 (South AFRICA), 18/12/2007.

Johannesburg – A North West farmer faces prosecution after 16 minors were found working at his farm in Schweizer Reneke, the labour department said on Tuesday.

Department spokesperson Zolisa Sigabi said the farmer would be prosecuted for contravening the law that prohibits the employment of under-aged children.

This after labour officials inspecting the area found the farmer using 16 minors as workers, the youngest of whom was 11-years-old.

“They were being made to carry 50kg bags of fertiliser on their heads and also ploughed sunflower” … (full text).

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