11/19/2009. Caledon, South Africa.Mnr. Arnoldus Plaatjies and his wife Alithea van Breda in their humble home on a farm near Caledon in the Western Cape South Africa.During 2009 the farming communities in the Western Cape were once again under the Human Rights spotlight. Many stories were published about the poor living conditions some of the farm-workers on farms are living in and questions were raised about farmers and their treatment of their workers. Mr. Plaatjies fell terminally ill on a farm and his elderly wife, Alithea van Breda had to resign from her job to nurse her partner.At the time of my visit to the elderly couple the farmer had threatened to forcefully remove the couple and leave them to live on the street. Mr. Plaatjies has not received any medical treatment and lives without water and electricity. The house is torn and the elderly couple is left to fend the elements and extreme conditions they are living in. Sadly Mr. Plaatjies passed away three days later. (image by Lizane Louw)
11/19/2009. Caledon, South Africa.Mnr. Arnoldus Plaatjies and his wife Alithea van Breda in their humble home on a farm near Caledon in the Western Cape South Africa.During 2009 the farming communities in the Western Cape were once again under the Human Rights spotlight. Many stories were published about the poor living conditions some of the farm-workers on farms are living in and questions were raised about farmers and their treatment of their workers. Mr. Plaatjies fell terminally ill on a farm and his elderly wife, Alithea van Breda had to resign from her job to nurse her partner.At the time of my visit to the elderly couple the farmer had threatened to forcefully remove the couple and leave them to live on the street. Mr. Plaatjies has not received any medical treatment and lives without water and electricity. The house is torn and the elderly couple is left to fend the elements and extreme conditions they are living in. Sadly Mr. Plaatjies passed away three days later.
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