AfriForum wants special rural safety unit

2012-06-20 22:39
Coffin. (Shutterstock)

Coffin. (Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - The public should join a campaign to push the government to declare farm murders a priority crime, civil rights body AfriForum said on Wednesday.

AfriForum deputy CEO Ernst Roets said it had submitted a memorandum to Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa asking for a special rural safety unit to be set up.

Farmer Johan van Rensburg, 77, was shot dead on his farm in Tolwe, in Limpopo's Baltimore area, on Wednesday. His wife Claudia was wounded, and was being treated at a local hospital. Their attackers were still being sought.

Roets said AfriForum was consulting various experts on how farm attacks could be curbed. The information gathered would be shared with the public in gatherings to be held across the country in July.

He bemoaned remarks by acting African National Congress Youth League deputy president Ronald Lamola at a lecture in Durban on Tuesday.

Lamola said youth unemployment could not be dealt with unless land was expropriated.

'Blood on his hands'

"We need an act as forceful as war to bring it back to the Africans," he said.

Roets said: "Lamola has blood on his hands. For as long as the ANC watches on while farmers are being killed and hate speech is rampant in its ranks, the ANC, too, has blood on its hands."

He said AfriForum was awaiting feedback on charges of intimidation it filed against Lamola for a statement he made at a news conference in Centurion on 5 June.

At the event, Lamola called for the Constitution to be changed to allow the expropriation of land without compensation.

Agricultural union TAU-SA said Lamola was creating the ideal atmosphere for radical and reckless youth to take his statements literally.

"Farmers can no longer ignore those comments, and for the sake of their survival and to keep their land, they need to prepare and organise for the worst possible scenario," TAU-SA's deputy president Henry Geldenhuys said.

The Christian Democratic Party condemned the farm murder as "outrageous".

"We appeal to government to strongly react to wild... attacks on farmers," party leader Rev Theunis Botha said.

- SAPA
Read more on:    afriforum  |  anc  |  ancyl  |  ernst roets  |  ronald lamola  |  polokwane  |  farm attacks  |  racism  |  hate speech
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

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
33 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

Summer Survey!
Great ideas for the best summer sandwiches!
Christmas lingerie to make this festive season the best one ever!
13 things you might not know about Disneyland

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy 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

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

The energy today is serious, materialistic and hardworking. You may find you get a new outlook on things and you may want to spend...read more

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.