Is the rural crime message finally getting through?

Staff Writer | Jul 07, 2019
The Premiers of North West and Gauteng, Job Mokgoro and David Makhura, have been commended by the Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus) for ‘acknowledging the seriousness of farm murders’.

But FF Plus leader Pieter Groenewald says President Cyril Ramaphosa has yet to match them.

Groenewald said in a statement: ‘It is ironic that the Premiers of North West and Gauteng … are willing to acknowledge the seriousness of the problem of farm murders and are offering solutions, while South Africa's President, Cyril Ramaphosa, is still ignoring it and denying it in front of the whole world.’

Groenewald welcomed Gauteng Premier Makhura’s acknowledgement of the problem when he said in his State of the Province (SOPA) address ‘that farm attacks and murders will be treated as a priority in the province and a specialist unit will be tasked with combating this type of crime’.

Similarly, Groenewald said, ‘Mokgoro said … that he will, among other things, liaise with the police and other law-enforcement agencies to combat farm attacks seeing as the safety of farmers and people in the rural communities is a priority in the province’.

‘The FF Plus welcomes these statements by senior ANC politicians and officials because for decades the safety of farmers has been a matter of great concern and urgency for the party.’

The party was ‘willing to cooperate with the Premiers in their attempt to combat farm attacks and other forms of crime’ and believed its safety plan recommendations for North West could be ‘a starting point to ensure the safety of all South Africans’.


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