PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
MarkH
 
Comments: 13
Article views: 640
 
 
Latest Badges:



 
View all MarkH's badges.
 

Protecting our farmers

24 June 2012, 09:34

We need a formal solution to the wave of farm attacks in SA and we need it now.

I believe that in the interests of food - and national - security for all South Africans the government needs to implement a full-time security system whereby farmers and their families can be both protected and enabled to continue providing food for the nation. If we lose our farmers, we lose everything so many fought and died for over the past 350 years.

We have peacekeeping forces in Africa ostensibly preventing some or other warring faction from attacking another and yet we’re unable to protect our own farmers, how ridiculous is that? Approximately 1,200 farmers have been killed in attacks on South African farms and if this is not an attack on our food security then I don’t know what is.

We have a defence force, mostly sitting idle in barracks, and it would not take much in the way of planning and logistics – if done properly – to set up a system whereby an armed detachment is available, either on call or in place, to protect each and every farmhouse on a 24/7 basis. The assailants are still poorly armed and relatively disorganized – thankfully so for now but this is bound to change – and trained soldiers, in prepared defences, could easily see them off with little effort. The costs involved should be minimal, the troops involved being paid anyway, and better they serve than sit, as any old soldier will tell you.

There are something like 45,000 commercially operated farms currently in South Africa and even with 2 soldiers per farm this would only entail 90,000 troops. Given that many of these farms are large, and easily defended within recognized farming communities with their own defensive strategies already in place, a lot less troops would probably be necessary. It would only need a couple of skirmishes between troops and armed gangs to get the message across and the pressure would then diminish.

Intelligent defensive and patrolling strategies would further reduce the number of troops needed and these could be rotated and criss-crossed which would have the added effect of intimidating potential assailants.

Besides, we’re already doing it to protect the rhino, why not the farmers who are even more valuable?

Such defensive strategies were in place back in the bad old days in Namibia, Zim and SA and it would take little to renew them, many farmers themselves having been involved in similar operations back in those days. Training too would not need to be extensive, any soldier worth his salt able to defend a perimeter in the middle of the night against untrained guerrillas.

Just the visible presence of armed soldiers in farming areas – prioritized and manned according to various criteria - and the deterrent they pose should be enough to see off all but the most violent and organized gangs of potential attackers. By working in conjunction with both the SAPS and other armed response affiliates an early warning network could be installed which would take the heat off the individual farmer, and his family, and also guarantee on-going production and habitation of the farms.

We have not yet got to the stage where these “terrorists” begin laying land mines on farm roads, or setting up offensive ambushes, but with farms, particularly those inhabited by senior citizens, under increasing attack by desperate gangs of probably unemployed and desperate people this could well become the scenario of the not too distant future. The last thing we need is for this to become an organized assault on our food security but if the current assailants discover that there is profit to be made from it, this could well happen.

This is not war talk, this is simply a matter of rather being forearmed and forewarned than caught unawares and unprepared as so many of the elderly farmers are tragically discovering. I also realize that the farming communities are organized and doing their level best to protect themselves but this is really a national issue and national government need to be driving it.

If they aren't then it would be easy to imagine that another agenda is in play and we wouldn't want that, would we?


Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
13 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Rodney Bevan
SA under Zuma

Jacob Zuma, along with a handful of cronies has single handedly almost destroyed the country, its people and its economy. Read more...

4 comments 202 views
Submitted by
The Fox 5366
Illegal Miners: Voiceless Prostit...

There's been a lot said about legalising prostitution so that prostitutes can be protected, receive healthcare and not be victimised. Read more...

4 comments 183 views
Submitted by
siphokuhle dludla
The real South Africa today

Truth be told, South Africa is a country with palpable inequalities, which is a fact, it is a country where poverty continues to lacerate a huge number of our population particularly black people. Read more...

7 comments 401 views
Submitted by
Greypatriot
The ANC constitution does not off...

The official ANC constitution does not forbid or punish corruption. The term corruption is not listed or defined as a key term in the latest version of the official constitution of the ANC. Read more...

4 comments 264 views
Submitted by
LeboDang Macman
Why using race as a proxy doesnt ...

I am not an academic nor do I profess to be, so everything I write will be based purely on experience. Read more...

8 comments 437 views
Submitted by
Themba Simelane
Lost in my creative maze

Of all the projects that I excelled in and ultimately got to complete, it was those that I had done so in my self-enclosed space. Read more...

0 comments 104 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as kalahari.com’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Digital Media & Marketing Association
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.