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Truck carrying 50 farmworkers overturns

2012-05-08 14:19

Pietermaritzburg - Fifty farmworkers were injured when the large truck they were travelling in overturned on a forest plantation road outside Richmond on Tuesday, KwaZulu-Natal, paramedics said.

"The driver may have lost control, but that can't be confirmed," ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks said.

"ER24 paramedics... found the vehicle lying on its side with the farmworkers scattered all over the grass area."

The accident occurred at around 10:00.

Five workers were treated for suspected neck and back injuries, while 45 were treated for minor injuries.

They were taken to a nearby clinic.

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Comments
  • Tamaranui - 2012-05-08 14:27

    Once again the transporting of staff without a belted seat in sight. Amazingly enough that this is not against the law. Wakeup law makers and make it safe for transported workers and private passengers sitting at the rear of Utes.

      aarchaic - 2012-05-08 14:43

      It is against the law go have a look at the license disc on your car it states 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 occupants and if theres no seat belt for the person its ilegal to travel with that vehicle but the cops just lets things like this slide...

      Bongani - 2012-05-08 14:59

      you must be kiding. do you honestly expect a truck to have seat belts at the back? Farmers are trying to provide transport for people because there are no buses or taxies in farm areas, it might be wrong but they should be given bells for trying to move people around. The accident was unfortunate. May they all recover on time

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-08 15:21

      Bongani Bongani,..... The Law in most countries expects workers to be transported in the correct type of vehicle such as an appropriate bus/coach/Quantum etc. Not a Truck,

      tshekiso.saul - 2012-05-08 15:37

      This is pretty much the case in farms. If they paid enough I suppose arrangements would be made for staffing transportation but now Bongani this is all exploitation as the mere poor want a meal none else.

  • Dhavandran - 2012-05-08 14:45

    the co-operates rule. they get away with pollution,manslaughter,poor working conditions and everything else that you and i would be jailed for.

  • thebe.tau - 2012-05-08 14:47

    So Visagie said they were going to take out 30 blacks per farm murder, it looks he changed his mind it is now 50 attempted murder.

  • jowza1 - 2012-05-08 14:52

    charge the plantation owners

      Brett - 2012-05-08 14:54

      Yeah that worked out well in Zim didnt it?

      jowza1 - 2012-05-08 15:01

      what has this gotto do with zim brett

      dewalds3 - 2012-05-08 15:52

      The article is about farmworkers that were injured when a truck overturned on a forest plantation road. It does not say i) that the farmworkers worked for that plantation company where the road is (it could even be a government owned plantation) ii) that the truck belonged to the plantation company OR to the owners of farm/s? where the workers work

  • Phumi - 2012-05-08 14:52

    Again we are reminded of the plight of the farm workers by this type of tragedy. How long will our people endure suffering under abusive farmers? For as long as our people are treated as second class citizens on the land that is originally theirs we will never address this issue! We call on the progressive forces through out the country to rally behind the call of reinstating our commander in chief for economic freedom!

      Rob - 2012-05-08 15:12

      OK Phumi, dead right....like any rational society let them get to work any way they wish to. Don't provide any more freebies for anyone. Makes sense to me!

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-08 15:16

      Critically Honest, Now how will the Farmer get his harvest....... The only reason a farmer transports staff is for his production/bottom line and no other reason. I'm sure if the farmer could gaurantee the staff turnout then surely he would NOT incur further transport costs.

      Lerato - 2012-05-08 15:20

      Why are farm workers treated like dirt; will a farmer let his family ride in a truck?

      Templar - 2012-05-08 15:21

      What are you on about? What "progressive forces"? Who is this "commander in chief"? Do you even know what that title means? Which part of the land is "theirs"? Define "economic freedom"? Stop bleating like a little girl and come up with workable solutions. Can you?

      Martin - 2012-05-08 15:21

      julius is going to jail soon, find a new leader

      Lerato - 2012-05-08 15:36

      @Templar don't worry you will get it soon. There is a group of people who are tired of being treated like gabbage and soon they will explode!

      themba.ntuli - 2012-05-08 15:40

      I am a black south african just one thing i keep on hearing over and over again that is not true is that the subcontinent,i.e south africa is ours and this claim is used to intimidate those of european descent or heritage, well this believe is misleading because humans have been migrating across the planet for thousands of years the bantu people are no exception here they too colonised south africa in the last 2thousand years from aboriginal khoisan people.just google bantu migrations to learn more about this fact.

      Rob - 2012-05-08 15:40

      Tamaranui: Thankyou...of course you are right. At the same time you show just how pointless Phumi's comment is. Breaking the system is not the solution....Intelligent improvement is!

      dewalds3 - 2012-05-08 15:53

      The article is about farmworkers that were injured when a truck overturned on a forest plantation road. It does not say i) that the farmworkers worked for that plantation company where the road is (it could even be a government owned plantation) ii) that the truck belonged to the plantation company OR to the owners of farm/s? where the workers work

      Deon - 2012-05-08 15:55

      Mbeki won't come back.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-05-08 15:58

      Themba.ntuli, well done man. Don't expect anyone to conduct that research though.

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-08 18:05

      @ Dewalt, Does not matter Whom is responsible for transporting Humans like Cattle. If this is a Government Plantation then the consequences should be the same if not worse as state enterprizes must set the standard for the Private sector to follow.

      melania.nel - 2012-05-08 18:57

      Great stuff Phumi! What will your story be if they work for a black farmer or maybe a gov farm. And the reckless driver was a neutral colour?

  • themba.ntuli - 2012-05-08 15:28

    Glad they where no fatalities just imagine how traumatised the poor beings are right now..

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