Group shocked at farm green lights ban

2011-04-28 23:01

Johannesburg - Farmers organisation TAU-SA is in "shock and disbelief", after Limpopo police vowed to stop farm watch organisations from using "green lights" on their patrol vehicles.

TAU-SA North provincial safety committee chairperson Doors le Roux, said he first thought the statement made by police last week was a "bad April fools joke". "They [the green lights] are imperative so that we can be visible and the criminals and residents can know we are patrolling," he said.

"The...committee has worked hard to open up communication channels with the South African Police Services (SAPS)."

The TAU SA North has a crime prevention programme known as Operation Iron Fist that is run with the full support of police, he said.

"The question now is whether the SAPS have the same purpose as the farm watch groups."

Police know nothing

Limpopo provincial police spokesperson, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, said police management will do all in its power to stop the use of "green lights".

"We have had complaints from members of some rural communities that some farm watch groups using "green lights" think they can do what they like," he said.

"In effect they think they are the police and some of the actions allegedly taken by them are bordering on vigilantism.

"They also claim they are working hand-in-hand with the police, when in fact the police know nothing about them," he charged.

Mulaudzi said "green lights" may not be used unless on private property, and only police were allowed to use blue lights when executing their tasks.

"Emergency services use red lights, and green lights can only be used by Disaster Management personnel.

"Tough punitive steps will be taken against those who contravene this directive," Mulaudzi warned.

  • Eric West - 2011-04-28 23:22

    Unfortunately, the law is not on the farmer's side. By law, green lights may only be used by Disaster Management officials.

      Francois - 2011-04-29 06:55

      Is this not a disaster? I think the law is ON their side!

      CenturionX - 2011-04-29 07:25

      "I often don't know what I'm talking about but I know I'm right" must be the new slogan of ANC officials.

      daaivark - 2011-04-29 07:53

      I agree, Eric. Not quite sure what Centurion X means.

      Xavier - 2011-04-30 22:54

      Correct Eric @Francois...don't be stupid

  • Johan - 2011-04-28 23:34

    I don't think there is any law against white strobe lights.

      Benzo - 2011-04-28 23:50

      Many motor bikes ride around with orange lights..if another order comes out, just switch the colour of the lights. How about a rainbow light?

      Beam me up - 2011-04-29 00:11

      Agree, white strobe lights will work better than green.

      Blikskottel - 2011-04-29 06:32

      I agree...

  • Beam me up - 2011-04-29 00:09

    Typical Police, more concerned about green lights than farm murders!

  • MyPal_Al - 2011-04-29 00:26

    Interesting that the police do not say the same thing about the thugs and hooligan's VIP brigade with there "Blue Lights"

  • Hugh - 2011-04-29 01:27

    The writing is on the wall, they don't want farmers in Africa. Importing maize is far more economical. I wonder who will be blamed once this African State fails? I know, Slavery, Imperialism and Apartheid. How about pigs with there snouts in the trough. While the liberated still continue to be enslaved under another guise.

  • Jason - 2011-04-29 01:55

    Thats hillarious! What the police going to do? Charge them with using green lights without a permit? Just change to pink lights then.

      daaivark - 2011-04-29 07:54

      Or red lights? It would boost the tourist trade, lol.

  • Alfred - 2011-04-29 02:40

    No green lights allowed and definitely no commando units allowed! Singing shoot the boer? No problem. Actually shooting the boer? Sure, why not? Now that the government has solved unemployment, poverty, AIDS, crime, and education they're going after the dreaded green light users. I think the message is pretty clear, the farmers must just shut their mouths and get murdered quietly.

      Bonzer - 2011-04-29 03:56

      Agreed, the ANC's agenda is clear, they want to wipe out whites and the farmers are a good start.

      daaivark - 2011-04-29 07:54

      You guys are nuts.

  • Daan - 2011-04-29 03:15

    Go for pink!! And I still wonder how legal are the blue lights we come across on the Formula One racers on the N1? Those with the trigger happy G(C)oons in it?

  • Bonzer - 2011-04-29 03:57

    So it is illegal to use green lights. When I last looked it was also illegal to murder people but that does not seem to bother the ANC.

  • Joshvsa - 2011-04-29 04:23

    "Emergency services use red lights, and green lights can only be used by Disaster Management personnel" I am pretty sure the horrific crimes committed on our farms are disasters there for I say keep on using the green "Disaster Management" lights~ Until the police decide that the blue lights they control should also be used to manage the disasters on our farms! Talk about putting our tax's and efforts in ALL the wrong places!

      Xavier - 2011-04-30 22:57

      dont be stupid

      Joshvsa - 2011-05-01 04:22

      You know what Xavier~ You are right! Your comment on my post really opened up my eyes. Thank you =)I really must not be so stupid. Just like the other 28 people that "thumbs up'd" my post are just as stupid as I was.......

  • Daniel - 2011-04-29 06:23

    They dont do their job and are constantly asking that the public assist them wherever possible, however when we do we are labelled as vigilantes. Mr Cele, you and your band of merry and very fat brothes, make up your minds as to what you want, altenatively, give the citizens of this country what they as taxpayers deserve, a competent, coruption free police force. Stop worring about the color of lights.

  • Daniel - 2011-04-29 06:27

    A a note, BLUE, police style lights can be purchased at any B/warehouse store. So the blue light gangs are ok, but no green lights WTF.

      daaivark - 2011-04-29 07:56

      No-one has ever ok'd the so-called "blue-light gangs. Criticism is welcome. Indeed, it is necessary. So don't undermine your point with silly comparisons.

      jim - 2011-04-29 09:40

      A blue light can not be purchased any where without a station comanders letter, you can stock them but only sel them to police officials WITH A LETTER FROM A STATION COMANDER!!!

  • Blikskottel - 2011-04-29 06:32

    The use some other colour then, or perhaps loudhailers..that will let the locals and criminals know the Boere is watching them.

  • Cathleen Pienaar - 2011-04-29 06:50

    Basically the cops don't offer protection anymore (to anyone but the ruling thugs.) Don't worry farmers, as soon as the country becomes bankrupt and the country breaks apart, then you will be free to organize locally, like in the old old old days. After the revolution and bloodbath we will all be better able to organize ourselves for our own protection. It will be a real struggle building a society again though. After these brigands have come and gone.

  • BernieK - 2011-04-29 06:55

    Ok, use no lights then. Set an ambush and get rid of the killers. You may even find a policeman amongst the killers, so please do not notify the police. Just do it silently. No point in playing fair.

  • spetsnazss - 2011-04-29 06:59

    bordering on vigilantism. !!! ha ha ha if SAP is useles then go ahead ! we will all take law in to our own hands if things reach the point of no return !

      Kenno - 2011-04-29 11:14

      The reason that the Police cannot assist the farmers is that they are to busy shooting inno cent white woman outside the Kempton Park Police Station. Give them a break guys...they are very busy!

  • BigMoose - 2011-04-29 07:26

    It's time the "boere" woke up and smelt the "moer koffie". The police are NOT on their side.

  • hatchplot - 2011-04-29 07:35

    Use black lights. They will be just as effective as the police.

      daaivark - 2011-04-29 07:56

      GREAT! I love it.

      Maleo - 2011-04-29 08:59

      Touché -- I like it!

  • kolobe - 2011-04-29 07:49

    "equating their fears to be constitutional rights"...mantashe was right about these afrikaner groups..use orange lights,you are not the police.

      SSRat - 2011-04-29 08:22

      Let me ask you a straight question kolobe: Do you consider the torturing and killing of farmers and their workers as acceptable?

      gizzy - 2011-04-29 09:22

      kolobe, when next you venture into a supermarket make sure you don't buy anything harvested by those afrikaaner (note the spelling) groups. You bloody racist scumbag!

      Kenno - 2011-04-29 11:17

      Is it alright for the police to kill black protestors??? (Ficksburg) They cant patrol because they are too busy killing innocent people, and you moron, are hopefully next!

  • 106SA - 2011-04-29 07:53

    Whatever the colour of the light......the anc want the whites OFF THE LAND!!!!!!!!!

  • Willem Louw - 2011-04-29 07:54

    I lived on a farm just outside of PTA until recently. I have been part of community patrols etc. I can assure you that no one is going out looking for trouble or being a vigilanty. These are common folk who are doing the Police's job. People who want their wives and children to sleep safely. The SAPD is a currupt vile enterprise that should be more concerned with rooting out corruption and focussing on real crime. People would not have to resort to own security measures if the Police were doing their job - no working man wants to patrol his residentials streets in the middle of the night, we 2 want to sleep. The sad part is that the police are targeting people trying to make a difference, the criminals have more right to protection than the people who fall victum to their crimes. That is why I emigrated!

  • jacques.vermaak - 2011-04-29 08:00

    Then we will use Purple Lights.But we will carry on doing what we are doing.

  • esther - 2011-04-29 08:20

    "They also claim they are working hand-in-hand with the police, when in fact the police know nothing about them," they do not know anything about them but they do want to ban the lights? then you do know who they are and where they are...... i must be to stupid to understand this, seeing as the saps could use ALL the help they can get (they are messing things up a bit.)

  • Mauritz Swanepoel - 2011-04-29 08:38

    Disco lights perhaps?

  • Len - 2011-04-29 09:09

    It must become totaly confusing to our police farce at Christmas time.

  • Spoofed - 2011-04-29 09:10

    Instead of telling them they can't use green lights, why don't the police get off their fat asses and help the farmers.. FFS

  • ZACKIE - 2011-04-29 10:24

    maybe the brigadier should get off his fat ass and go catch some criminals or is that too much work? go rather finish a bucket of kfc

  • ZACKIE - 2011-04-29 10:30

    you see eish dat green light that is reserve for the zuma clan and his 12 wives and 104 children

  • Daniel - 2011-04-29 12:41

    NEW GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION. It is now law that ALL pesons in possesion of a torch, hand them in at you local SAPS office for verification and certification. Licences will be issued and will only be valid for use during daylight hours. Any person caught using a TORCH after sunset will be sentenced to spend time with Julius Malema!!

  • monkeyman32 - 2011-04-29 13:59

    Try drive through Alberton on the east rand with out the road by the local vigilant group "CPF" forcing you off the road with there blue , green or red lights, and if you lucky you they will only search your car with out your permition and will not kick you to death like they did with a hand cuffed house robber suspect not to long ago . they all armed to the teeth and bullet proof vest and saps look a like uniform with saps logos every where. how do you now tell the difference between a blue lite gang and a vigilant group "CPF" ?

  • HAggardGnome - 2011-04-29 16:57

    Holy Cow, these pricks are SO petty! Talk about having a "Baas" mentality! This Maluadzi takes the cake!

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