Parliament will debate farm attacks and murders


National Assembly Speaker, Baleka Mbete, has done an about turn and there will be a debate on farm murders in Parliament.

FF+ leader, Pieter Groenewald, who requested the debate but was turned down, said: “She reversed her decision and the issue (of farm attacks and murders) will be debated in Parliament for the first time”.

He said he had been told the issuse was not urgent enough and not in the national interest but Groenewald followed up and had another meeting with Mbete.
“She has now acceded it is urgent and in the national public interest. The debate will be held on Tuesday, March 14,” he said adding it comes only after “thousands of attacks and murders”.
“It was pointed out to the Speaker that not only white people are affected by farm attacks and murders which hold serious consequences for the country as far as food security, stability in the labour market and economic development are concerned.
“White and black people are attacked and murdered. The murder figure of 133 farmers in every 100 000 of the population affects everyone,” he said adding it was tragic and high time a debate was held in the National Assembly on the subject.

A SA Police Service statement issued in May last year said incidents of crime and violence on farms and smallholdings had been identified as an emerging priority for the 2016/17 financial year.