According to a statement by TLU SA, the organization demands that the Minister of Police, Mr. Bheki Cele, clarifies whether farm attacks and killings receive the attention they urgently need. Even if, according to him, it no longer has the status of a National Priority Crime.
The minister said in parliament this week, in response to a question from the DA, that the crimes 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.
“It seems like the minister is more concerned about semantics than human lives,” says Mr Henry Geldenhuys, the president of TLU SA. “Research shows that these types of attacks and murders on farms contain other elements than the ‘normal’ cases of murder and robbery.
“The protection of our members – the farmers who produce the food South Africans eat every day – is the most important issue for TLU SA. The minister should know that farmers stand together and that they can paralyse the country when food production is affected.”
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.
“The minister lets farmers in the country down,” says Mr Geldenhuys. “Our borders are not protected, stock theft is ever-increasing, and farm attacks get more violent than ever. Our feedback indicates an alarming element of racial hatred during such attacks. The minister says he sees every murder on a South African as serious, but it is time for him to realize that race plays a role when it comes to farm attacks.”