Bheki Ntuli, the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for community safety, said in response to parliamentary questions from the DA in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature that only 56.7% of people arrested in connection with farm murders were eventually convicted of the murders.
As for murders of farmworkers, only 30.2% of these cases were concluded with successful convictions in the courts, Ntuli said in his reply to Chris Pappas, the DA’s spokesperson on agriculture and rural development in KwaZulu-Natal.
Only 42.2% of the people arrested for the attacks on farm workers were eventually sentenced.
The minister of police said in parliament last week, in response to a question from the DA, that farm attacks and murders are not classified as a priority because they are already recorded as statistics among other crimes such as murder, attempted murder, sexual assault, assault, and robbery.
TLU SA says in the statement that ‘The recent farm attacks across the country saw very high levels of violence and racial tension. The EFF’s continued rants about land issues and the minister calling commercial farmers disrespectful and allowing communities to yell and insult them only serve to increase the tension even more.