DA: ‘police, army should patrol farms’

2010-09-17 00:00

THE DA in KwaZulu-Natal has called on the provincial government to make farms safer by using police and the army as patrol units to avoid hindering food production owing to farm attacks.

In a debate on the DA’s motion about food and farm security at the legislature yesterday, the party’s spokesperson on agriculture, Makhosazana Mdlalose, said that farm security affects investments as farmers have frequently to replace equipment and beef up security measures.

“With thieving rife, so are murders … Farm security, especially in isolated areas, makes people on farms targets for crime …” said Mdlalose.

Attacks on farmers make the country’s food production insecure, said Mdlalose.

IFP member of the provincial legislature (MPL), Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi, said government’s response to the threat faced by farmers has been slow, half-hearted and ineffective.

ANC MPLs, Mxolisi Kaunda and MEC for Agriculture, Environmental Affairs and Rural Development Lydia Johnson, slammed the DA debate on the matter, saying that it was incomplete as it did not incorporate the the safety of farm workers. Both MPLs condemned the attacks on farms.

 

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