The speaker of the National Assembly granted the DA’s request for a debate of national importance on the spate of farm attacks and murders in the country.
A Date for the debate will be set soon. “It is critical that parliament uses its platform to highlight the dangers of living and working in rural communities,” said DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard.
Last month, the DA launched a comprehensive security plan to combat attacks on farmers, farm workers and rural communities. The party also insists that farm attacks, if necessary, be classified as hate crimes.
“There has been a significant increase in the number of farm attacks since the beginning of this seemingly endless period of isolation. These attacks were heinous and were accompanied by brutal torture.
“The agricultural sector is still threatened by this volatile security situation despite, or perhaps due to, the ANC’s negative attitude, and specifically that of Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa said in 2018 that no farmers in South Africa will be killed. ”
Earlier this month, Ramaphosa did express the government’s concern about farm attacks after being questioned about his silence regarding farm attacks and killings.
“The ANC government is content to simply keep them blind to the torture, rape and murder of men, women and children of all races in our rural areas since the ANC abruptly abolished the commando unit in 2003.
“On the other hand, the DA is convinced that these attacks are a national emergency and that they need urgent attention.”