Hluhluwe farmers and police to hunt Rizzato’s killers

2015-02-27 00:00

The KZN Agricultural Union (Kwanalu) has condemned the murder of ­Hluhluwe farmer Terry Rizzato as the community reels in the wake of his bloody slaying on Tuesday night.

Rizzato was gunned down after armed men stormed his farm, forcing him and a group of employees into a room.

His attackers also hacked the chicken farmer’s dogs to death.

Kwanalu spokesperson on security Koos Marais said their anger at ­Rizzato’s brutal murder could not be understated.

“We are enraged by the callous ­murder of yet another major food ­producer in KZN. What amazes ­Kwanalu is the ease with which people in the country commit murder.”

Marais said Rizzato had been a ­supporter of the community as a food producer.

“He bred broiler chickens, which was a major food source for the community that his farm served, and this will now be lost to them. One can actually say that these murderers have no grasp of the consequences of their actions.

“In response we call upon the various arms of law enforcement to prevent this kind of incident and hold those ­responsible to account. Local farmers are co-operating with police in the hunt for the killers. This is the second murder in KZN this year,” he said.

Estcourt farmer Stick Green was gunned down at his home in January.

“We call on the police to step up ­patrols in rural areas. Police vehicles seem to be a luxury, only seen when there is a crime,” Marais added.

Christian Democratic Party leader Reverend Theunis Botha said Rizzato’s murder was a blight on South Africa.

Referring to President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address, he said: “Not a single mention was made by him of this scourge [farm murders] which has caused South Africa to have the highest murder rate among an ­identifiable group in the world.”

Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu also ­expressed outrage.

“I am deeply shocked by this murder. I find it to be totally abhorrent, ­senseless and inhumane.

“Once again, we appeal to members of the provincial farming community, including the farm workers, to work ­collectively to ensure safety and ­security in this important sector of our economy.”

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