Chicken farm workers out

Their only home: Thamsanqa Betsha and his wife, Phindiwe , face eviction
Their only home: Thamsanqa Betsha and his wife, Phindiwe , face eviction

ANC councillor claims eviction is political

He has called it home for 23 years, but with only a year before he retires from Nelson Mandela Bay’s Sovereign Foods, the poultry factory is kicking Thamsanqa Betsha off its Witteklip farm property.

Betsha, 63, is one of at least 10 workers whose families are being evicted by the chicken factory from its farms in the Greenbushes, Rocklands and Seaview areas.

The company said the workers and their families had to vacate the homes because of illegal electricity connections, poor housekeeping and unhygienic conditions.

It said there was also overcrowding by people not employed by Sovereign Foods.

The company said it had consulted with the workers last year about the move.

However Betsha said he was told on Monday that he had to move. A letter from the company – which The Herald has seen – said the matter was discussed with Betsha on February 10.

In the letter, the company offered Betsha and other workers R10 000 each to look for and move to alternative accommodation if they did so by March 10. It said employees dismissed during the relocation would not receive the allowance.

-Mkhululi Ndamase

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