A South African farmer and some of his family members are facing prosecution for allegedly forcing one of his workers to drink faeces.
The worker reportedly tried drowning in the septic tank and is now getting legal representation from the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) for the ongoing trial.
The farmer from the Gauteng province, his wife and son appeared in court on Monday. They are facing possible charges of kidnapping and attempted murder.
SAHRC said on its website that “On 9th December 2017, the family allegedly forced” the “employee to drink litres of faecal matter before attempting to drown him in a septic tank on their farm.”
“It is alleged that the farm in question has been the site of continuous human rights violations.
On 31 January 2018, the Commission was alerted to the incident via media reports,” the statement from the commission further said.
The Commission is seeking “unconditional public apology and monetary compensation for” the “ordeal” of the victim.
Meanwhile the criminal aspect of the case is to be heard in June as police continue with investigations.