As we commemorate International Women's Day today, we share the story of Farmworker Maria Mnyane:
In 1986 I was at the Nissan pumps (on the farm where I worked in then KwaNdebele), living in misery. Every sunrise the farmers were all over the farm, (to pick us up to come to do the work). We were driven to work. They would say, “we made the farms filthy.” We were hungry. We were given porridge with a teaspoon of brown sugar. By the end of the month we were paid R2 in the 1980s. (they would tell us, “If you don’t want to work leave the farm and go to your father Mandela”. We were forced with guns and whips to work even on Sundays.