Police Minister Bheki Cele should not try to pretend to be serious about farm murders and attacks says Pieter Groenewald, leader of the Freedom Front Plus.
According to Groenewald the meeting held by Cele false accusations against farmers were made.
According to Groenewald, such meetings only increase the tension and the polarization in the community.
The minister must also ensure that he acts impartially. Illegal land occupations pose a threat to farmers and it is the duty of the police to protect landowners.
“It seems that the minister wants to make political money out of the meetings, but then he must know that the farmers will not want to be part of it,” says Groenewald.
Cele visited Normandy near Newcastle in the aftermath of the murders of Glen and Vida Rafferty.
The meeting, which was attended by smallholder farmers and commercial farmers, turned into a meeting of accusations.
Lirandzu Themba, Cele’s spokesperson, said on inquiry that it was clear that the allegations of racism against the commercial farmers could not be ignored.
Farmers were accused at the meeting of terrorizing the black community with firearms.
Themba says this is one of many accusations made. The office of the national police commissioner will visit the police station in Normandy to see if the crime problem in the area can be solved.
Cele also said it would not help to send even the entire police service there because human relations in the area are very poor.
SA Updates earlier reported Angry Bheki Cele says to farmer “Who do you think you are?”.