Congo: Charges are politicking — farmers

2013-03-01 00:00

THREE South Africans farmers on contract in the Republic of the Congo (Congo Brazzaville) have been suspended because they allegedly committed contractual transgressions against local residents.

Fred Daly, secretary of Congo Agriculture, which was started by AgriSA, said in a statement that in terms of the agreement between Congo Agriculture and the Republic of Congo, the company must assist in uplifting the local community and it is in light of this responsibility that action was taken.

The government of the Republic of Congo had, as part of the agreement, made available 80 000 hectares in a first phase to AgriSA on the farm Malolo.

Details of the the transgressions will remain sub judice until the disciplinary hearing has been completed, Daly said.

Gideon Scheepers, one of the farmers who had been charged, told Beeld the charges boiled down to politicking ahead of next week’s annual meeting.

He said their transgressions cover a long period, including injury at work and a farmer’s dog that had bitten local sheep.

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