FF Plus leader, Dr Pieter Groenewald, said in a private member’s statement in parliament the wave of farm murders and attacks sweeping the country and particularly the cruelty of these attacks, makes it increasingly urgent for government and specifically the Minister of Police, to take drastic steps to improve rural protection.
His rest member’s statement reads:
“According to police reports submitted to the parliamentary portfolio committee on police, there are 75 rural police stations that do not meet the minimum requirements for sector policing.
“According to statistics released by TAU SA, this month has seen 23 attacks in which six people were killed, four over the past weekend. Over the last year, there have been 277 attacks in which 55 people were killed.
“The question is whether farm murders still receive priority attention as was undertaken by the former acting National Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Phalahne, and if not, why not?
“The fact that food security is a priority for the government and that it is threatened by farm attacks and murders, necessitates specialist units that can investigate farm attacks and murders.
“The FF Plus is currently busy with an assessment to determine what agricultural organisations’ needs are in terms of finances and equipment to protect farmers, after which the party will approach the government and request financial support for these organisations and their support systems.
“If the government really is serious about food security and combating farm murders, it will have to start supporting these organisations’ needs as the police’s rural security plan is obviously not making the grade.
“The FF Plus urges politicians to refrain from making inflammatory statements, particularly regarding the land issue that can arouse feelings against farmers.”