The unprecedented spate of farm attacks and murders on farmers in South Africa lately has required the country’s president to respond and strongly condemn it.
According to Dr. Pieter Groenewald, FF Plus leader the agricultural community must be prepared to answer fire with fire within the law.
“The scale and cruelty of farm murders and the silence of the president as well as the lack of government support create the impression that the ANC’s land expropriation program is forcing the president to remain silent.”
Dr. Groenewald’s remarks come after a spate of farm attacks and murders over the past few weeks.
“It seems that the president cannot dare to ask for the protection of farmers against crime, because then he will also have to ask that farmers’ property be protected and it collides with land expropriation without compensation.”
Dr. Groenewald said when there were 31 farm attacks and four farm murders in just ten days, there was sufficient evidence that it was not just ordinary crime, but organized crime that required priority attention.
“When a president of a country abolishes only certain exceptional incidents, such as the death of George Floyd in the United States, but is silent about other exceptional atrocities such as farm murders in his own country, he evades his responsibility to the citizens of his own country.”
It is known how President Cyril Ramaphosa in America denied murders of white farmers in South Africa and only admitted that it takes place after the FF Plus put great pressure on him in parliament during question time in November 2018, Groenewald said.
“It is now a year and a half ago. How many motions against farm attacks have yet to be submitted to parliament, how many debates are still to be held and how many marches in support of the farmers of South Africa still have to be held before the atrocities of farm murders are realized by the president and the government?
“The reality is that the farmers cannot rely on the government of the day.