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EFF protest against ‘unfair dismissals’ at Ramaphosa’s farm

There is a heavy police presence at the estate in Mpumalanga where workers are unhappy with 'Mr Kobus'.


The SABC is reporting that new South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is facing a protest led by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) at his farm, said to be related to the alleged unfair dismissal of farm workers.

Ramaphosa’s estate Ntaba Nyoni, located near eManzana in Mpumalanga, is understood to be one of his most prized possessions, as it houses his sought-after and expensively acquired Ugandan Ankole cattle.

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The cattle are known for their sweeping horns and Ramaphosa owns a whole herd of about 100 of them. According to Farmer’s Weekly, Ramaphosa became interested in Ankole when he visited Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni in 2004.

The president was reportedly so determined to own these cattle that he paid for an entire artificial insemination programme that also involved facilities in Kenya to allow him to have his own herd of Ankole be born on South African soil from host cows here because the department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries prevented their direct importation, citing inadequate disease control measures in Uganda.

Picture: As supplied to Farmer's Weekly.

Picture: As supplied to Farmer’s Weekly.

The SABC reports that protesters claim that six employees were dismissed by a certain “Mr Kobus” for allegedly stealing fertiliser.

“The dismissed workers say there’s a lot of abuse at the farm, accusing farm manager Mr Kobus of being racist,” reports Mweli Masilela.

Farm management were understood to have arrived to receive a memorandum from the EFF, while there is already a “heavy police presence”.

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