Could the stabbing of 16-month-old baby be linked to ‘dop system’ alcohol abuse?

The dop system is when farm workers receive payment in the form of money with a daily measure of cheap wine as a fringe benefit.
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With the man accused of fatally stabbing his 16-month-old daughter expected to appear in court today, some have pointed the blame to alcohol abuse fueled by the dop system in farming communities.

Little Alime Mbasha was cut and stabbed in the neck and chest on Thursday by her father at Bloemhof  Farm near Swellendam. She died at the scene.

Agri Western Cape chief executive officer Jannie Strydom said the level of violent crimes in South Africa was unacceptable and in this instance the law should take its course.

“There is no justification for the murder of a child. Agri Western Cape are appealing to all farmworkers who are worried about their fellow farm- workers abusing alcohol after hours to report it to the farmers to get professional help like social workers on board,” Strydom said.

The incident happened in an area where farmworkers are grappling with alcohol abuse tied to the ‘dop system’ which is still widely practiced in the Western Cape farm lands.

The dop system is when farm workers receive payment in the form of money with a daily measure of cheap wine as a fringe benefit.

Speaking to Cape Argus, Social Development Trade Union president Nosey Pieterse said the dop system is a huge factor in Alcohol abuse in farming communities,

The dop system has created alcoholics on farms. Now their descendants are also abusing alcohol. To tackle this problem it’s important to create a partnership between farmers and farmworkers.

The next step is put in place measures to combat alcohol abuse and teach farmworkers to drink responsibly. However, their farmers are not ready to accept this partnership.

More: Cape Argus

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