The IFP also added its voice to the list of political parties demanding that farm murders be declared a priority crime. The country has undergone a series of farm attacks and murders over the past few weeks.
The party also called for an independent court to be set up specifically to deal with these crimes.
However, according to the IFP, the ANC-controlled government appears to be “reluctant to act with the urgency that deserves the issue”.
In one of the latest incidents, Zakiyyah Ahmedjan Ismaili, a 26-year-old pregnant mother of two was killed in front of her children on a farm in the Weenen area of KwaZulu-Natal. According to police, his throat was cut off. Ismaili’s husband was seriously assaulted after the attackers allegedly demanded cash.
“We believe that farm murders should be declared a priority crime. However, the government refuses to declare farm murders in particular, as these incidents of violence, according to the government, are merely part of the broader murder category. This is unacceptable and irresponsible, “said Blessed Gwala, the IFP’s spokesperson on security.
Gwala said it was “clear” that farm murders were not a priority for the government.
“The government must stop its rhetoric about the eradication of farm attacks and murders, because nothing has changed. It is high time for the government to actually address the issue and ensure the protection of farmers and residents. ”
Gwala said the government should use the same zeal with which it fights Covid-19 to curb this type of crime. According to him, real action and not talk are needed.
Gwala also said the government should take the lead in raising awareness about farm attacks.
“We want the government to set up an independent court that deals specifically with farm attacks and murders. We also call for a review of the criminal justice system, especially with regard to legislation on serious crime so that anyone involved in such attacks can be severely punished.
“Our laws must have sharp teeth. We need to send a clear message that crime is not tolerated.”