Saftu condemns 'cold-blooded' killing of farm worker near Krugersdorp

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) has strongly condemned the killing of a farm worker on a farm in Tarlton, outside Krugersdorp.

A security guard has apparently been charged with the murder of the 32-year-old farm worker.

Initial reports claimed that it was the farm owner who was responsible for the fatal shooting incident over the weekend.

It's alleged that the farm worker was shot after he apparently stole a tractor, while others claim that he was killed over a labour dispute.

Images of the dead farm worker, who lay in a pool of blood on the tractor, have been circulating on social media.

Police are now investigating the matter and conflicting statements on the murder.

Saftu's Zwelinzima Vavi says the killing and abuse of farm workers has been going on for far too long.

He says that if the allegations of theft are true, the man should have been taken to the police and not killed in cold blood.

Vavi says farm owners are not being held accountable for their violent behaviour and urges government to take firm action to protect the lives of farm workers.

Many farm bosses continue to maim, beat up people and kill them in cold blood.

Zwelinzima Vavi, Saftu general-secretary

You can't treat farm workers lives as cheap as they were during the apartheid era. Black lives are not cheap.

Zwelinzima Vavi, Saftu general-secretary

Justice must be done for farm workers too.

Zwelinzima Vavi, Saftu general-secretary

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