LEPHALALE — A task team has been established to help the 90+ Zimbabwean nationals who have been squatting at the Waterberg District Disaster centre since 11 December 2015.
They were dropped off at the Lephalale Municipality by Villa Nora Police after they allegedly spent three days outside the Villa Nora police station where they went for help after they were chased away by their employer on a farm near Marken, when they asked for their three day pay.
The task team consisting of Lephalale Municipality, SAPS, Home Affairs, District disaster team, Provincial disaster team, Department of Labour, National Prosecuting Authority, Justice and Department of Health are coming together to find solutions on how to deal with the matter.
An agreement with the farm owner was allegedly made that they could go back to the farm so that they could get paid. The Zimbabweans said that when they got there they were threatened and had to leave and spent the nights of the 24, 25 and 26th December at the Shongoane Cross with no food.
Thirteen tents have been erected to help house them while Gift of the Givers organisation is providing them with food.
They said that they get food twice a day, tea and scones in the morning and at night.
One of the Zimbabweans who wishes to remain anonymous said that they had to walk back to Lephalale police station on the 26th. They spent the nights of the 27, 28 and 29 December camping outside SAPS until they were taken back to the Disaster Centre.
Their case will be heard in the Lephalale Magistrate Court on the 28th of January 2016.