Events in Senekal underline the need not just for honest, rational debate about key challenges facing South Africa, but practical solutions capable of uniting the reasonable majority of South Africans, the Institute of Race Relations (IRR)  says in a press release today.

It is for this reason that the IRR will be going to Senekal tomorrow to launch our Community Safety Charter as a tool that can help to build a common purpose among all South Africans.

Says IRR deputy head of policy research Hermann Pretorius: ‘As a country, we don’t need violence, we don’t need petty blame games, we don’t need extremism, and we don’t need further animosity to divide our communities. We need practical solutions. The Community Safety Charter provides such solutions and offers a realistic hope that we truly can #SaveRuralSA.’

He notes that events in Senekal following the horrific murder of Brendin Horner ‘present a confluence of several core concerns the IRR has long been a leading voice on: race relations, the rule of law, the failures of a government too powerful and too incompetent to secure the safety of South Africans, and the creeping degradation of property rights and the vilification of property owners, farmers in particular’.

‘There is an enormous need for the reasonable South African majority to be represented in the public debates on these issues. But now isn’t just the time for honest, open, and reasonable discussions on issues that unite all decent South Africans – we also need practical solutions. That is why the IRR will be on the ground in Senekal tomorrow to launch our Community Safety Charter,’ says Pretorius.

Crime is destroying South African lives and communities. Rural communities are among those being abandoned by the government and left vulnerable to violent attacks that destroy families.

The IRR’s Community Safety Charter sets out a range of solutions geared to winning the fight against crime and farm attacks.

It proposes

1.         Giving communities the power to elect station commanders;

2.         Making all police and prosecutorial appointments on merit alone –no more positions for political cronies;

3.         Holding independent investigations and public hearings into criminality within the police;

4.         Hastening the process of applying for and being granted firearm licences for self-defence;

5.         Using private sector expertise in policing;

6.         Fast-tracking former police and army members as police reservists; and

7.         Increasing staffing and resources for Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences units, and appointing expert prosecutors.

It is possible to turn the tide in the fight for South African lives. The IRR urges South Africans to support these proposals, which will be taken to the President and the Minister of Police. Together, we can #SaveRuralSA. Endorse the IRR’s Community Safety Charter.

[Picture: Graham Maclachlan,]


  1. I think this is a strategic mistake for the IRR. Then again, this route of playing in the culture wars, accepting and participating in social media binaries / political theathre and eagerness to jump in highly emotive issues often too quickly and ideologically – is the new IRR. Maybe it is the nature of modern politics, but that has not delivered more liberal outcomes…Good luck…

  2. It has always been about culture but race makes is so much more palatable for the liberals.
    Difficult to say your culture is right and mine is wrong.

  3. This is why it is so important to support BLM – international solidarity against corrupt police forces that oppress vulnerable minorities.

  4. Of the IRR’s 7 point Community Safety Charter only 1 point will be acceptable to the ANC / EFF coalition:-
    7) Increasing staffing and resources for Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences units, and appointing expert prosecutors.

    The reason for acceptance is the fact that another bureaucracy, overloaded with bureaucrats and paid a small fortune can be created.
    All other points are contrary to ANC / EFF ideology.

  5. Plaasmoorde is onuithoudbaar en rede tot kommer
    vir elke wetsgehoorsame burger, wit of swart, in Suid Afrika. 

    Die beste afskrikmiddel vir plaasaanvalle is die wete by die aanvallers dat
    hulle aangekeer gaan word en verantwoording moet doen vir die afgryslike dade wat hulle sou wou pleeg.  Die enigste manier om aanvallers aan te keer is as daar inligting beskikbaar gestel word aan die wetstoepassers of
    privaatbeskermingsmagte en om inligting te kry is geld ter sprake. Dit is onwaarskynlik dat plaasaanvallers kan opereer sonder dat iemand anders in die plaaslike populasie nie daarvan bewus is of die vermoede het dat dit beplan en uitgevoer word nie.

    As besorgde burger is ek bereid om ‘n maandelikse aftrekorder aan n fonds te
    skenk en met die regte bemarking is ek seker dat daar miljoene ander burgers
    en maatskappye is wat dieselfde sal doen.
    Verder het groot versekeringsmaatskappye die sosiale verantwoordelikheid en kan hulle groot bemarkingsmyle opdoen om ook betrokke te raak om met versekeringspakette op ‘n geen winsbasis hierdie dekking teen plaasaanvalle beskikbaar te stel.  Die fondse word aangewend om die premies  deels te dek.

    Elke boer, wit of swart, in die land moet verseker word teen plaasaanvalle.
    Die premies vir die versekeringpolisse word betaal deur die bydraes van
    besorgde burgers/maatskappye en boere.  Die premie bedrae word bepaal deur
    die risiko vir plaasaanvalle in elke area.

    Die uitbetaling van die polis word aangewend as beloning vir die aankeer van die skuldiges.  Elke boer het ‘n groot waarskuwingsbord wat aandui dat die
    plaas dekking geniet en dat plaasaanvallers aan die pen sal ry. Daar is genoeg wetsgehoorsame burgers in die land vir hierdie aksie om momentum te kry.

    Die groot uitdaging gaan wees om dit apolities te bedryf en seker te maak
    dat daar nie bedrog gepleeg word om die belonings te bekom nie. Om hierdie aksie prakties te implementeer sal dalk moeilik wees, maar kan ons bekostig om dit nié te oorweeg nie.

    • The only problem will be to rely on the Courts to reach a conviction – jurisprudence in this country is quite possibly the most rapidly disintegrating entity. You mentioned private protection services and this is where the focus should be.

  6. Lovely background pic—of the Caledon Valley with Lesotho and Maluti mountains in the background. Not sure where Senekal, 60km to the North West comes into it.

  7. Farmers are self to blame in many circumstances, why do they employ illegal immigrants from Zimbabwe and Mozambique? Why do these criminals want to work for the “hated white man” in South Africa? Think people, think!!

  8. IRR, your mission is noble but as evidenced today, any hope that the police are somehow going to be pivotal in this struggle are forlorn. No white people were allowed anywhere near the center of town and the court. The EFF were given free reign of the town and JM was ushered into the Court as an honoured guest. The solution lies in focusing entirely on private/paramilitary security and response.

  9. The ANC abolished the military commando system which effectively maintained law and order in places where the police could not reach or operate. Since they are gone, crime has increased drastically in these areas. The railway police where disbanded as well. The result, railway that is virtually destroyed and no one uses unless they absolutely have to. Travelling on trains was an adventure in the old days. No one goes on holiday using a train anymore, and three quarters of the carriages have been burnt or destroyed!


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