Dorning’s murder re-ignites farmers’ fears for their safety

2009-11-10 00:00

THE murder of former senior government official and farmer Dr Warwick Dorning has escalated concerns among the farming communities as police draw blanks in their investigations.

The head of the security desk at the KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Union, Koos Marais, said farms are easily accessible to criminals. “Farmhouses are also used as business offices, so farm-owners can’t put a fence and have locked gates because employees come and go. Farmers are therefore vulnerable to crime because criminals can decide to go into a farm, and just shoot and kill.”

Marais said SA has the most murders in the world. “We probably have the highest murder rate in the world, that’s not something to be proud of.” He called on all sectors to join hands in the fight against crime. “There needs to be a political will to fight crime; politicians must take a stand and say no more to crime … There needs to be a mind-shift. Society must decide that women and child abusers, rapists and murderers do not belong within its communities.”

Dorning was shot by two men who burst into his farmhouse in Adamhurst on Saturday evening. Police said no arrests have been made in the case.

Health and Other Service Personnel Union of SA (Horspersa) has questioned the ANC on its security arrangements. ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema’s reported security is costing the taxpayer R300 000 a month, necessary, or so the league claims, as he has recently received death threats.

“When one considers ‘Loud Mouth’ Malema’s recent utterances there is little wonder that he has a need for protection,” Hospersa said. “It was sad that senior civil servants such as Dorning, who had given much of themselves to rebuilding democracy, were left without protection while politicians like Malema were afforded taxpayers’ money for security needs necessitated by their own uncomradely and brutish behaviour”.

KZN Cope spokesman Philip Mhlongo yesterday called for the speedy arrest of the perpetrators. “Our belief is that violent speeches promoting ‘shoot to kill’ and other hate speeches are encouraging lunatics in our society to commit such barbaric crimes. We look forward to speedy arrests of individuals concerned …”

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