'Food producing hand chopped off'
Bloemfontein - Those responsible for the murder of a Free State farmer and his family have "chopped off another hand that produces food for South Africa", the commercial farming body Agri SA said on Friday.
Andre Botha, spokesperson for Agri SA's rural safety committee, was reacting to the murder of the Potgieter family of the farm Tweefontein in the Lindley district, whose bodies were discovered on Thursday morning.
"The gruesome murder of the Potgieter family in the Lindley district has cast a dark shadow over the farming community and even more so the next of kin of the victims."
Botha said Agri SA found the incident regretful and strongly condemned it. "Murders on farms must be strongly condemned by all because it raises questions regarding civilised standards, which could ultimately also affect food security."
The organisation said such criminal acts hampered stability and progress.
Botha expressed appreciation for the swift and professional manner in which the police, trackers and Free State Agriculture's Intelligence body had attended to the crime scene.