The Free State Department of Labour announced that 53 children below legal working age have been removed from farms in the Lejweleputswa district in the Northern Free State. They were reportedly found on the Driehoek and Weenen farms, as well as Kwaggavlakte in the Wesselsbron and Allanridge area. Following the discovery of the children, Josial Ramokoena, spokesperson for the provincial department, said three separate child labour cases were opened. He said the discovery followed a joint inspection by the department, officials from other state agencies such as the Hawks, the South African Social Security Agency and the Department of Environmental Affairs. Ramokoena said cases of child labour were uncovered on Friday (01/09) and Saturday (02/09). Inspections to ensure compliance on farms in the Lejweleputswa region will continue until Friday. “The provincial office will be conducting inspections checking for compliance with legislation”.