SOUTH AFRICA: Off to the Farm

SOUTH AFRICA Off to the Farm

Woe to the Johannesburg native caught on the streets without a pass in June, for then is when Transvaal farmers direly need black labor to help harvest the maize. If he is lucky, the African will simply be arrested, taken to court and charged $3 for his "crime." But if he does not know the ropes, he will be held for the labor bureaus, where as an alternative to prosecution he gets a chance to sign a "voluntary" farmwork contract.

Each week hundreds of such hapless "volunteers" are packed...

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