Press statement for immediate release
PASSOP appeals to government and NGO’s for emergency relief in De Doorns
PASSOP calls upon the relevant municipal, provincial and national government departments to urgently intervene in the humanitarian crisis that is occurring in De Doorns. We have in the past expressed our support and solidarity with striking workers over their call for better wages (while condemning any violence) but we want to make it clear that we are not attempting to sustain or interfere with strike actions in De Doorns. We are making this appeal because we are extremely concerned about the ability of these thousands of people to meet basic needs, both South Africans and immigrants. Almost the entire township community have not been able to access income, food, medication and other basic amenities over the past 2 weeks. These basic nutritional and medical needs are required for farm workers, but also required for their children, elderly and unemployed family members- as most workers have not received pay for the last 2 weeks the entire community is affected. We also call upon NGO’s that have the mandate and capacity to assist in such humanitarian relief efforts to please urgently intervene. PASSOP is also attempting to raise aid to support the community during this difficult time.
For Comment, please contact:
Langton Miriyoga 084 026 9658
Braam Hanekom 084 319 1764