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Agri SA appeal: Make voices heard against farm attacks

FARM murders and crime, in general, are reaching epidemic proportions in South Africa.

Agri SA in a media statement appeals to the broader public to make their voices heard against farm attacks and crime in general.

“Farmers and farm workers are an asset. Our country needs its farmers now more than ever. They must be protected,” said Christo van der Rheede, executive director Agri SA.

“Agri SA therefore calls on the broader public to put pressure on government to stop paying lip service to bring an end to farm attacks and crime in general.”

Agriculture kept the country going during the lockdown. Farmers and farm workers went out their way to continue feeding the country, neighbouring countries and through exports to other parts of the world. Farmers also donated fresh vegetables, fruit and meat packs to hunger-stricken communities and continue to do so in collaboration with non-governmental organisations throughout the country.

“The spike in farm attacks can no longer be tolerated. These attacks are aimed at all farmers regardless of race. Black and white farmers and farm workers are targeted and are often brutally maimed and killed.

“Despite the challenge of farm attacks, lack of government support and the ever-looming liquidity challenges that farmers in South Africa face, it is agriculture that has contributed significantly to economic growth.

According to Van der Rheede, a few million family members depend on the income generated by the agricultural sector. In many areas throughout the country, white and black farmers are working hand in hand to transform the sector and to bring about successful land reform.

“Black and white communities must join hands and work together to expose criminal activities and apprehend criminals in their midst.

“Police involvement in criminal activities must also be brought to the attention of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) whose job it is to investigate criminal offences committed by members of the SAPS,” said Van der Rheede.

  • Agri SA also requested the general public to support the victims and family members of all farmers, farm workers and all other vulnerable people who fall victim to these brutal attacks.
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