The EFF demands that the police in Athlone, Cape Town, do their job properly and protect the rights of domestic workers.
Members of the party protested in front of the Athlone police station on Tuesday against the way police deal with domestic worker abuse.
Earlier this month, the EFF intervened where a 60-year-old housewife was allegedly detained at her home in Rylands. She was allegedly abused for months and had to work without pay.
Lydia Gwele had been employed by the family since April 2019 and was apparently not allowed to leave the property.
The EFF members demand that the homeowners be arrested and charged.
Faranaaz Gaffoor, chair of the EFF branch in Ward 46, says police do not take this type of crime, which is increasingly prevalent in Rylands, seriously.
“What is happening in this community cannot be allowed. The homeowners, most of whom are of Indian origin, think they are superior to the laws of our country. They must be locked up. They need to know what they are doing with the people who work for them is just as bad as human trafficking. It’s pathetic to treat people so badly, “says Gaffoor.
The EFF says police should explain why no one has been arrested in connection with the case, and why they are so slow to act against domestic violence.
Gaffoor says in Gwele’s case, her family showed up to help, but the homeowners informed them that police had already taken her away.
The EFF says police stepped in and forced two gates before the owners opened and ran out the domestic worker.
Gwele’s cousin, Simphiwe Dukiso, says she now lives with him in Montclair and she is doing better.
Western Cape police are investigating a case of kidnapping and assault.
“No one has been arrested yet,” says Col. Andrè Traut, police spokesman.