Agri SA: Rural farmers need protection

2011-05-04 12:59

Johannesburg - A rural protection strategy needed to be implemented urgently, the rural safety committee of Agri SA said on Wednesday.

"The swift action of the farming community and investigating officers of Lichtenburg led to the speedy arrest of three suspects in the murder of André van der Merwe, a farmer of Ottosdal, this weekend," said spokesperson André Botha.

He said that government's reliance on the agricultural sector for job creation and stimulation of the rural economy meant that rural protection should be a priority.

"If a safer rural environment cannot be assured now, we will be unable to achieve these ideals, to the further detriment of all who make a living here," Botha said.

He was responding to the murder of North West farmer André van der Merwe on Saturday night.

Ulterior motive considered

"The manner in which Van der Merwe's body was dragged behind a vehicle and maimed, underscores the brutality of these people," Botha said.

Three men, Thabo Matlhoko, 25, Diphapanang Paul Kwa-Kwa, 29, and Shadrack Thapelo Smith, 29, appeared in the Ottosdal Magistrate's Court on Tuesday in connection with the murder.

They would be charged with murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, theft of a motor vehicle and possession of a firearm and ammunition, said the National Prosecuting Authority's North West spokesperson Frank Lesenyego.

Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said on Sunday that although the brutality of the attack might suggest an "ulterior motive", possibly related to "previous issues with the farmer", he could not confirm whether the suspects were known to Van der Merwe.

  • WPWW - 2011-05-04 13:44

    Dont you just love how the brigadiah suggests that they had 'previous issues' as if its the farmers fault they killed and dragged him behind the bakkie. Always demonise the white man.

      EDI2000 - 2011-05-04 13:57

      Well knowen fact that before any sort of genocide of minorities in a country the the ppl planning on doing the "cleansing" try to de-humanise the objects of their hate eg: calling all white ppl racists and continual blame of white about Apartheid for just about anything from govermental issues to social issue. It wont end till it pops....

  • DoublySalmon - 2011-05-04 13:47

    Stop selling these people food - if they go hungry they'd still kill farmers but their ultimate hungry death would be fitting revenge.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-05-04 13:48

    So, if a farmer has issues with anybody, he must drag them behind his bakkie and then shoot them?

      Psychotron - 2011-05-04 13:55

      Maybe they should, start with TshepoTheTopLipSniffer

      allie - 2011-05-04 14:14

      And it normally takes a multiple of these very brave coward warriors to do this to a single farmer.One on one they are useless pigshit.

  • Alfred - 2011-05-04 13:52

    According to the brilliant mind of Zwelinzima Vavi everything from unemployment to murder can be blamed on apartheid and slavery (WTF?? Must have borrowed that last card from an American "brother")so we don't need any kind of "protection strategy", we can all just do whatever the hell we want and then sit back and blame someone else for it. The phrase "personal responsibility" must keep a whole lot of South Africans awake at night.

  • Born To Fish - 2011-05-04 14:10

    Why would they implement security measures? They are defending this stance in court. And please tell me how many farm workers have died lately due to brutality! Come on facts people, It is genocide and has nothing to do with labour relations. How many black farmer where killed? Most probably none?

  • Ang - 2011-05-04 14:12

    Surely Agri SA can take the government to court, enshrined in the constitution is the right to safety and these farmers are anything but safe?? As previously commented on News24, if these guys feel their life is in danger, you can request personal protection from the Government, as Julius did?!?!

  • Alfred - 2011-05-04 14:14

    Here's a thought, Anc13thbraincell, if you don't like the job then... wait for it... leave. Yep, just pack up and go and work for one of your generous comrades like Khulubuse Zuma perhaps? I wonder how loud you'd squeal if one of those workers murdered him and dragged his fat corpse behind one of his R3 million cars. Also, keep in mind that your "culture" tells you to have a dozen offspring so unless you've got your snout in the pig trough as deep as the Shower-Head in Chief does you're going to be poor anyways.

  • wgibsonsa - 2011-05-04 14:16

    Meybe the workers at Aurora mine should do the same to fat ass Zuma and Michael Hulley and the other owners (bosses). But you would neeed a tracktor to pull his fat well fed body down a street. Remember he has not paid his workers for almost a year. This was a racsist attack by filthy pig animals. So once again the dimwitted police blame the victim. Up yours. This proves, never trust a cop.

  • SAanonymous - 2011-05-04 14:18

    Every worker has the choice to complain for wages not being correct in new SA. Every worker has the choice to get a new job in new SA. Bring back the death penalty and those people killing others will be turning to the law to fix their grudges instead of killing to get free food and lodging.

  • Yasr - 2011-05-04 14:25

    What a sick method of murder, to drag a man behind a bakkie. What kind of sick animals could ever have invented this?

      Kevin King - 2011-05-04 15:28

      It was invented in ancient times along with being hung, drawn and quartered. These practices still occur in 21st century South Africa and the only cases of people being dragged and people being H,D & Q that I'm aware of are where white Afrikaans farmers were the victims and the perps have been of one particular race.

  • Boer-Nation - 2011-05-04 14:27

    The Government don't want to be seen helping the white's, the colonialists or the former oppressors - its just not good business. Acts like these don't get them votes - they may be seen as hypocrites... after all, they are still singing "kill the boer". These same decision makers and people with power can't even feed the masses, give them a minimum standard of living or deliver on half of their election manifesto. Their constituents don't want the opposition to benefit from their government after all. Government statistics are not readily available on performance - its once again just not good business for Government. Ironic since its’ supposed to be a democracy... where people are held accountable!

  • Santapola - 2011-05-04 14:32

    Ohhh now they want protection? this is so sad guys...u want to be treating like kings? gone are those days and if u get ur own protection who will protect our country especially blacks?

      EDI2000 - 2011-05-04 14:48

      Cool then can we all go around and start creating our own malitia bands... anyone game??

      Felix - 2011-05-04 14:54

      Ask JuJu, I'm sure he's got a few spare bodyguards for you. You make as much sense as an accordion under water.

  • UnderCover - 2011-05-04 15:21

    Over 3000 farmers have been killed since 1994... They ALL were "pigs treating their workers like that" Now they want protection and live like Kings? Workers do farmers a favor by working for them... oh wait farmers give workers a job??? mmm naah defend your family and kill the farmers. It worked out nicely in Zimbabwe... the food industry is as good as it gets... Hey my previous employers retrenched me... should i look for a new job? No I MUST DEFEND MY FAMILY and kill my boss.... Those times are over!!!

      Kevin King - 2011-05-04 15:25

      Will be 4000 in a few months time...

  • Anonymous Thinker - 2011-05-04 15:25

    When will the government realise that the death penalty can be a deterent.

  • Mmoledi - 2011-05-04 16:37

    Irrespective of who they are and their colour the government must try its best to establish or form a unit especially within defence force where there will be routinely security patrols and checks on farmers whether they are in rural areas or not, those people are also part of the country and are South Africans who are important to the economy of the country and feeding of the nation. Defence force must take that role of protecting our farmers, we do not have to lose more farmers because of criminals as this will in time to come be a problem to the state and nation in large due to the shortage of food and that could end up country being in trouble and relying on other countries to provide food for its citizens, so government must act as fast as they can to help farmers with security irrespective of their colour and who they are.

  • K Man - 2011-05-04 17:43

    Most dangerous profession in the world = Farmer in South Africa

  • Monica - 2011-05-04 17:53

    You can start by 1) Stop Malema singing his song "kill the boer" 2) The "land re-form" issue; many people know that he has visit Mugabe to get more information in his plans; he promised many people a farm 3) The death penalty for murderers. Put the Government people in jail that have been involved with corruption. Suppose you cannot do that; otherwise the president of this country will be behind bars!

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