Govt looking at improving farm security

2011-02-24 16:00

Cape Town - The government is looking at the possibility of a more comprehensive security strategy for farmers and farm workers, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said on Thursday.

"Government is particularly concerned about the safety of our rural communities, especially our farm owners," she told a media briefing at Parliament.

"We have consistently said that one death is a death too many, and we will leave no stone unturned until we have really come to grips with the problem."

The government had met with organised agriculture and continued to do so.

"We are investigating the possibility of partnering with Agri Security on unfolding a more comprehensive security strategy for farmers and farm workers, as well as farm dwellers," she said.

The economic sectors and employment cluster of ministers was working with the safety cluster to enforce and implement the integrated and comprehensive security plan, which encompassed aspects of rural safety.

Breakdown in relationships

"Our evidence is increasingly showing that where there is a breakdown in the relationship between farm owners and farm workers, we do have a proportional number of crime-related incidences which is inevitably the result of a breakdown in relationships.

"So we're working on the relationships as well as implementation of labour regulations and the protective environments for labour tenants," Joemat-Pettersson said.

Speaking at the same briefing, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said a very constructive engagement with Agri SA had been held a few days ago.

"And I think it's laying the basis for an important dialogue about ensuring that we get the investment in agriculture, that we expand production and employment and that we deal with these significant social challenges," he said.

  • Law Abiding - 2011-02-24 16:05

    This is just part of the ANC propaganda. At the same time as speaking this soothing words, they are still defending their song calling for the killing of the Boer.

      Nebs - 2011-02-24 16:41

      Wow, okay so let me get this right, if they say nothing about the farm murders, then it indicates tacit approval of violence against farmers... but if they condemn and pledge to seek improving the situation, then it's just ANC propaganda... How can they possibly win with this attitude?

      Judge DREAD - 2011-02-24 17:00

      @Nebs, stop insulting our intelligence. Its election time. The ANC defends the KILL THE BOER song but then says they are concerned about the farm murders. Looks like you are the ignorant fool here Nebs.

      Nebs - 2011-02-24 17:14

      I guarantee that if the ANC came out and said "Okay, no more singing that song", all you lot would be complaining that it's an empty gesture and they're not taking action against farm killings, etc... Believe it or not, this is actually a positive news article, try see something positive in your world.

      Law Abiding - 2011-02-24 17:22

      @Nebs. The government are follownig 2 conflicting agendas. They offer lip service to the safety of the farmers. Nothing is actually being done. At the same time, the government are not willing to take action to remove the Kill the Boer song. If the government was not just blowing propaganda about the safety of farmers, they would have taken positive and deliberate action to remove the song encouraging the KILLING OF THE FARMERS. According to Propaganda - When a government says one thing to intentionally get the public to believe something that is mostly lies.

      Nebs - 2011-02-24 17:27

      The song itself is not killing anyone, it's the criminals. By pledging action to improve farm security, they are promising action on the problem. The ANC do not believe that the song incites violence, so to them there is no connection between the song and farm murders, and therefore no conflicting agenda. - 2011-02-24 17:35

      This while you scum want to sing kill the boer??? We are now struggling under the ANC rule... Can we then sing: "Kill the ANC" ??? Wake up, get rid of these scum governing our country! We are South Africans! NOT the people who support, Zim & Libya TIRANS!

      Law Abiding - 2011-02-24 17:58

      @Nebs. Respectfully, but your statements about the song is naive. Songs are used to great success to entice a certain mode of behavior. Songs are routinely used by the trade unions during just about any strike action. What makes the song calling for the MURDER of FARMERS any different? South Africa is currently crumbling under the huge onslaught of crime. Songs like this is the encouragement the criminals need. Encouraging the criminals, makes you part of the crime. Actions speak louder than words. If the government announced that they are implementing effective measures to stop the killings, instead of announcing "The government is looking at the possibility of a more comprehensive security strategy”, they would be more believable. Using words like "looking" and "possibility" gives them plausible deniability. No announcement about a task team to fight the crime or any other action was announced. No time frame for “looking at the possibility… “Is given. It is a statement without any form of commitment. This news report is not positive at all. It is just propaganda.

      allie - 2011-02-24 18:03

      We don`nt need help from the ANC,Just let us reinstate the commandoes. but i suppose the government is to shitscared of the commandoes.We`ll be better than their aidsridden army.They storm the union building ,because it can`t shoot back.

      bokfan1 - 2011-02-24 18:26

      @Nebs. Please enlighten me on anything positive about the anc!!! The only positive subject zuma had with his state of the nation speech recently was concerning new steps to improve education, but those were from the DA anyway!!! Get your head out of the sand or out of you arse!

      wattalotokak - 2011-02-24 18:32

      @Nebs - you are an idiot and perhaps an ANC spin-doctor. If you sing "Kill the Boer" to the uneducated masses, then the un-educated masses believe they are within a struggle against the farmers. It does not take an idiot to understand that - ESPECIALLY that the ones "caught" murdering the farmers are found to be un-intelligent youngsters which most probably follow up to ancyl...! So my bellow-idiot friend you are a fool to believe that - or perhaps you are not a fool at all, but rather the guy who simply has an agenda in favour of this murderous regime called the anc. Lastly, but not least, it is NOT a good idea to go and TALK about improving the security on one hand (which is just election talk, why have they not done it until now???) and on the other hand actually putting PHYSICAL EFFORT to go and defend the song - Shoot the Boer! You must be REALLY a chip not to see the conflict in the two actions....deepshit

      Nebs - 2011-02-24 18:52

      My primary point in this was that the ANC simply cannot win in the eyes of many posters here, with people unwilling to give an inch either way. Yes there are many problems with the ANC and their governing, but turning them into pantomime villians only serves to embolden their supporters and makes you look closed minded and unreasonable.

      Law Abiding - 2011-02-24 19:35

      @Nebs My posts are not about winning or losing. It is about being responsible in government. A mature government, of any possible political dogma, does not release media statements indicating possible commitment and just looking at a given problem. The government is there to actually govern.Not to intend to investigate the possibility. Not waste time with this type of senseless dribble. To govern is to take, positive steps that are in the best interest of all the citizens of this beautiful country. For the government to involve themselves in dangerously controversial issues, like defending Malema and his insistence to continue the so called struggle, a generation after it ended is in-excusable. This causes feelings of insecurity and total loss of trust towards the government. This generates a breeding ground for criminal behavior. Trust is earned. Trust is not installed via petty non committals like this article contains. I personally don't care what the ruling party is called. I do care that they need to behave responsibly and like a mature democracy South Africa is striving to be. There is no place for any form of political wedges to be hammered between ethnic groups. That is past. Legislating any ethnic group into 2nd class citizens will cause resistance. Then threatening their lives and simultaneously, making empty promises, will obviously be met with anger and distrust. Ridiculing that ethnic group only steels their resolve. My point is that it is every citizen's duty to demand responsible governing.

      Grazy - 2011-02-24 19:48

      Nebs, let me put it this way. If the ANC was in any way serious about protecting the farmers or even caring about them, they whould never have disbaned the commando system, or it should have been put back in place long ago. They would have stopped long ago blaming the farmers for causing labour disputes, as it is proven that in only 1,6% of farm murders a dispute was present. They just give lip service and do the opposite. It is just propaganda and they will win in the sense that they will be succesfull in genocide and destruction. Anybody with halve a mind should have realize that already. Keep in mind that +47 000 whites has been murdered sinse 1994.

      Paul_Kruger - 2011-02-24 20:41

      @Nerbs "Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Jacob Zuma, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their President."

      Edgar Boehm - 2011-06-02 12:17

      The ANC are contradicting themselves here. They stand up for Malema who publicly calls for the killing of white farmers but them claim they are looking at ways to stop the killings. Utter Bull S*1t if you ask me!

  • JuluisMalema - 2011-02-24 16:07

    After how many farm murders? They are only looking at it, long way from doing. By the this goverment catch a wake up there will be no farmers left.

      wattalotokak - 2011-02-24 18:40

      they are promising the same thing they promised in the previous elections...AT election time...

  • WhoGivesAshi - 2011-02-24 16:14

    K@K, they are just saying that for elections. The government could care less about farm security!

      Johnny - 2011-02-24 16:54

      ....they are even fixing the potholes...!!! ....he he he he he he he he he...!!!

  • Pat - 2011-02-24 16:26

    SEVEN STEPS TO SANITY The Public Protector has found that the Police Commissioner was involved in unlawful conduct, Bheki Cele must immediately step down until the matter is resolved in a court of law. Judges must impose life sentences that mean life, when the judge puts on a black cap, it must mean that the only way the criminal will leave jail is in a cold pine box. In order to overcome the “cruel and unusual punishment” objections, special life prisons must be introduced with a euthanasia facility, where a lifer can volunteer to be strapped to a table and push the lethal injection button himself. There must be no bail for serious cases, judges who expedite more murders by granting bail to murderers, must be charged with culpable homicide. Likewise with policeman who don’t do their jobs, or jail warders who free prisoners, they must be treated like a drunk driver who kills a pedestrian. Criminals must be named and shamed like they do with drunk drivers, journalists who take bribes or lie to their readers must be treated in similar fashion, a Media Forum must be set up to expose journalists who use newspapers to disseminate false propaganda. The limitations on free speech laid down in Section 16(2) of the constitution must be adhered to, incitement to violence or advocacy of hatred is strictly forbidden, journalists who print lies to incite hatred of politicians must be charged and arrested. Songs that advocate killing farmers or call on Boer War generals to return to the battle, must be strictly forbidden at public gatherings, those who sing them must get the sjambok . In round figures the ten percent white population enjoy eighty percent of top jobs, while the eighty percent black population have only a paltry ten percent, this leads to an aggrieved sense of entitlement which fosters crime. The Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998 must be speedily implemented, when the majority of the people are enjoying the majority of top jobs, then affirmative action can begin to be phased out.

      Law Abiding - 2011-02-24 16:44

      According to Wikipedia: "The song is about a Boer soldier who, towards the end of the 2nd Boer War, after Lord Kitchener had implemented his scorched earth policy, and had burned the Boer's farm to the ground and put his wife and child in a concentration camp facing almost certain death, in desperation and contemplating the destruction of the Boer nation, calls for General De La Rey, a powerful figure even amongst other successful Boer Generals, to lead the Boer Volk (people) to victory." Please explain what is socially unacceptable with this? Please explain how you can compare a song BLATANTLY calling for the Killing of the BOER with a song indicating the desperation the Boer Volk was experiencing during the 2nd Boer War. The only parallel is that the Boer Volk is experiencing the scorched earth policy again.

      Sentor - 2011-02-24 16:58

      The thing is Pat you can threaten businessmen and women into applying affirmative action but in a modern economy it is skills and knowledge which creates wealth and therefore products, services and jobs. You cannot force technology into being racist, a computer for instance doesn't care what colour you are. If 80% of the top jobs were held by people on the basis of their race we wouldn't have an economy. Everytime the government announces BEE ownership percentages the companies quietly disinvest, they move new investment beyond the reach of race based demands which they know will cripple their companies. Those with the skills and knowledge which are Internationally in demand quietly close their companies and move elsewhere leaving more jobless people and leaving the country without their tax contributions. There is no excuse for crime as there is no longer any excuse for race based preferment. After nearly two decades the "people" are more uneducated, in poorer health and the infrastructure necessary to support a growing economy has all but been destroyed. The cadres who have been placed in postions way beyond their capability and who earn huge amounts of money continue to enrich themselves with taxpayers money. So I'm afraid you either want Western standards of health, education and a working economy or you want BEE, employment equity and affirmative action. Life is not fair, equality is a mirage.

      Pat - 2011-02-24 18:44

      @ Law Abiding – You answered your own question when you stated, “The only parallel is that the Boer Volk is experiencing the scorched earth policy again,” therefore some of the Boer may decide on the same reaction. ANC advocate Vuyani Ngalwana has already likened the two songs, maybe you gave him the idea Law Abiding, one has to be so careful nowadays. @Senator - You cannot threaten businessmen with affirmative action Actually you can, by law you can fine them 15% of turnover if Affirmative Action targets are not met. Imagine if 80% of the top jobs were held by people on the basis of race I simply said the majority of top jobs should be held by the majority of the people, when blacks are receiving 51% of skilled jobs and promotions I’ll lay off, until then I will continue to rant. There is no excuse for crime Steve Hofmeyr suggested that an underlying reason could be, “a black sense of entitlement,” I’m simply pointing out that blacks may feel aggrieved because affirmative action targets are not been met. After two decades the infrastructure has all but been destroyed 60% of black owned homes are fully paid up compared to only 46% for other race groups. There has been an 80% hike in people living in brick houses between 1996 and 2009, the number of households using electricity increased by 120% over the same period, while the number of households with access to piped water rose by 71%. Life is not fair That’s true Senator, it’s becoming decidedly darkish.

      Sentor - 2011-02-24 19:05

      Actually Pat I said you CAN threaten business with AA.I was looking through an employment report from a municipality yesterday and it could just a well have been drawn up at the hight of Apartheid. Crazy social engineering gone mad! As for infrastructure, without well run electricity, water, road, rail and ports infrastructure you cannot run a modern economy. So your 51% looking for "good" jobs will find little in the way of any job. On the one hand we hear of all the electricity connections on the other we hear of the billions of unpaid/stolen electricity. In Soweto which is a relatively affluent area, no shacks, high employment and a lot of good infrastructure, payment levels (the last stats I saw) are around 20%. The clubs and malls are full and the DSTV aerial's mark the skyline...I have no problem with people living the good life...great! BUT along with freedom comes responsibility and NO people are not entitled to good jobs and free services just because of their colour.

      pop101 - 2011-02-24 20:04

      News for you Pat, affirmative action will never be phased out, and you know it. With those round figures of 10% vs 80% (don't know where the other 10 went to, but ok), please connect to: 1. skills and education percentages; 2. skilled people (educated black and white) leaving the country; 3. ownership of small business enterprises. Believe me when I say we had to scale down our company to meet AA targets, because we couldn't find a candidate to join our firm. They are being hunted by private companies.

      Pat - 2011-02-24 21:49

      Of the seven steps I raised we seem to have stumbled on the seventh, which is the majority people enjoying the majority of top jobs, both Senator and Pop have raised the question of skills and education percentages. I’m happy to report that this is no longer a problem, and that Pop’s diligent search for a suitable black boss, will soon bear bounteous fruit. In 1991 whites received 3.7 degrees or diplomas for every one awarded to a black African student. By 2008 that ratio had fallen to 0.9 to 1 – now favouring the black students. In engineering the ratio fell from 43.9 to 1 to 1.1 to 1. In business and management it fell from 19.6 to 1 to 1 to 1. In law it fell from 4.7 to 1 to 1.1 to 1. In mathematical sciences it fell from 6.3 to 1 to 1 to 1. So by 2011 we should have far more black graduates emerging than whites, which means that there is no longer any reason for employment to resemble an Irish coffee, a small dab of white on the top with a big chunk of black on the bottom.

  • Paul - 2011-02-24 16:27

    All this useless government do is talk especially when it comes to farm murders. Timing is everything with these spineles greedy politicians all the @$$ KISSING BEFORE THE ELECTIONS.

      Johnny - 2011-02-24 16:58

      ....ja ja, ...election promises... ....again....

      Mundu - 2011-02-24 19:12

      All they are talking about is "improving relations with their workers" implying that it is the farmers fault that they are getting killed. The talk will go on 'til the elections and then stop cold and nothing more will be done. The ANC government are quite happy to see the farmers get killed and driven off their farms, its their way of grabbing land for themselves without resorting to the blatant way Mugabe did it in Zim. The Boerer must take matters into their own hands, form commandoes, mechanize and tighten up security so tight that a dassie couldn't fart on their land without them knowing it.

  • KyleAssassin - 2011-02-24 16:27

    Too little to late, government sux big hairy balls!!

      TheNewSA - 2011-02-24 17:09

      lol monkey ballzzz!!

  • Pink_Polony - 2011-02-24 16:29

    How can the ANC government protect white farmers when they are the ones who are behind the murders..? Will the ANC led SAPS be signing "aw dubul’ibhunu amagwala dubula dubula" - while they guard a white farmer's house..? Well, guess what - that is what the ANC is proposing. Why don't the ANC government just send in the fighter planes to slaughter white people in SA? At least Gadhaffi is not a spineless coward hiding behind carefully 'spin-doctored' contradictions - give him that much..!

  • Gorilla - 2011-02-24 16:30

    i can't help but think that the elections are around the corner.

  • aesjal - 2011-02-24 16:34

    This is not news. It should read "Govt improving farm security" That's real news. It's always "Looking,thinking etc." GATVOL

      TheNewSA - 2011-02-24 17:10

      Agreed, give us stats. How is it going to be improved. Bleh bleh

      hdprojects.davidson - 2011-02-24 18:00

      What the F&** have the ANC done for the Farmer - you A*&^&hole

  • ji - 2011-02-24 16:50

    election talk and more lies from the ANC . if you want to stop farm murders stop singing about killing the boer , re-introduce the death penalty for serious crimes and fire all the corrupt SAP members like Cele and friends . take the 500 million cele was playing with and employ more police members , but like I said just election talk and more ANC lies.

  • hughfh - 2011-02-24 16:54

    Even if the reasons for doing this now are questionable, should we not still be pleased it is happening at all? Sometimes a cautious "well done" achieves much more than a heap of negative comments. Also we can presume that Agri SA are not "in it for the votes", surely? So rather than muttering about too little too late or that it's just a cheap ploy to gain positive coverage, let's hold the government to account by asking them directly and/or News24 and others to follow up this story in 1, 2, 3 months plus time to find out how words have turned into action.

      Judge DREAD - 2011-02-24 17:04

      how about they stop making promises, giving speeches and having meetings and JUST DO THE BLOODY JOB. How about they ask their all important youth leaugue to talk to the youngsters and tell them that they must protect the farmers who are growing food for them and not slaughter them in the middle of the night. How about trying that- grow some balls and take action.

  • - 2011-02-24 17:04

    This while you scum want to sing kill the boer??? We are now struggling under the ANC rule... Can we then sing: "Kill the ANC" ??? Wake up, get rid of these scum governing our country! We are South Africans! NOT the people who support, Zim & Libya TIRANS!

  • nem - 2011-02-24 17:04

    *****WARNING ATTENTION***** UNITED NATIONS *****WARNING ATTENTION***** UNITED NATIONS *****WARNING ATTENTION***** UNITED NATIONS If the "kill the farmer" song gets passed in the south gauteng high court and the anc is allowed to sing this song,it is a direct DECLARATION OF WAR on white people in South Africa and will mean that the GENOCIDE will continue and our current government condones it. IF YOU THE UNITED NATIONS DO NOT ACT AGAINST THIS GENOCIDE,WE THE PEOPLE BEING PERSECUTED WILL HAVE NO OTHER ALTERNATIVE BUT TO RETALIATE BY ANY MEANS NECASARY AS IT MEANS THE REST OF THE WORLD IS TURNING THEIR BACK ON GENOCIDE.

      TheNewSA - 2011-02-24 17:12

      United Nations would never get involved in this, as they never did Zimbabwe. There is nothing in SA for them that is part of their drive for their global one-world government agenda.

      dnel1974 - 2011-02-24 18:11

      "Kill the boer, kill the farmer", well then "one Taxi, one bomb", "one ANC conference, 12 bombs", "one Soweto, many many many boms" - capish??

      moiraine - 2011-02-24 18:19

      Even if they would get involved, I doubt they are reading the news24 comments.

  • lldoidge - 2011-02-24 17:06

    What a load of crap. What she is essentially saying is that the farm workers are killing the farmers. If that were the case how come there are so many unsolved farm murders? Do they really think we are that stupid. To apply for a job in farm security, only those that can sing "kill the boer" and "bring my machine gun" need apply.

  • Martin - 2011-02-24 17:33

    Wow... is this a "one boer, one vote" strategy?

      hdprojects.davidson - 2011-02-24 17:59

      Just keep your finger WALKING - you A*&^hole

      Martin - 2011-02-24 18:19

      hdprojects.davidson Correct spelling is asshole FYI. Maybe if you find a way to look at yours you might have a laugh! Sad how some people lost all humor in this world. LOL

  • Monica - 2011-02-24 17:44

    Exactly; whilst you have Melema singing his song and food are being imported from overseas; shocked to see tomatoes inported from Portugal and look at the other foos-stuff. You gave several farms to black people! Why are they not producing and have tenants living there just to have a roof over their homes! You ANC must get one thing staight. You killed the indurstry with imports! You killed the local factories producing local cloth! You took away the jobs from the people of this country! Now you say " We will create jobs"! The damage has been done; will take another 15 years to fix it! With another party; maybe 5 years to keep the funds that belong where it belongs!

  • George - 2011-02-24 17:50

    Do something NOW!...these people work the lands, that grow "OUR PEOPLE"S FOOD?"....:(((((((((((((

  • hdprojects.davidson - 2011-02-24 17:57

    Ja ANC you can walk the talk BUT can you PROTECT your MOST IMPORTANT citizens in SA - the FARMER - the guys who give your FOOD ???????????????

  • dnel1974 - 2011-02-24 18:04

    Everyone in the ANC and every supporting the ANC are dumb ignorant fcuks. "Government is particularly concerned about the safety of our rural communities, especially our farm owners", whilst in court to defend a song that calls for the exact thing they are concerned about. Jeez how can the world allow SA to be run by these uneducated cnuts?

  • moiraine - 2011-02-24 18:22

    I hope they put their money where their mouth is and actually do something. I do laugh though that they feel a break down in relationships is to blame for some. I have had a major breakdown in relationships with my boss. I wouldnt murder her or her family

      phillip.havenga - 2011-02-24 20:09

      The sad thing is they will put their (Tax Payers) money where their mouth is by throwing lavish parties with expensive food and drink while the people starve and die like gutter rats.

  • Karoobloed - 2011-02-24 20:30

    Please try and read between the lines folks. I detest "that song" in the post 1994 context, but do not expect farm murders to stop in the unlikely event that it is banned in RSA. The symbolism really irks most non-Africans... We really should try to appreciate and encourage it when the ANC takes steps in the right direction. For better or for worse, the ANC is our democratically elected government, and no amount of whining or bitterness will change that. It seems reasonable to try to identify the pervasive issues between farm owners and farm workers in RSA - that relationship may well be the key to ensuring farm security for the future - it is not possible to establish a police station on every farm... And yes the ANC could do much better to protect all by fostering a climate where life is respected. That is our duty too, by treating others with respect. Probably hard to believe, but I am sure that the ANC is not trying to screw the non-African population in RSA at every opportunity they can. It is just that most of their constituents live in desperate poverty (and horrendous crime) in townships, and they are trying to uplift the people, making many mistakes along the way. Yes, we should try and keep them honest, and harshly if need be. Most reasonable people are hoping for a credible African opposition party in RSA to hold the ANC to account. But it would seem that some responders still yearn and hope for the impossible - a return to White supremacist rule.

  • Paul_Kruger - 2011-02-24 20:40

    @Nerbs "Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Jacob Zuma, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their President."

  • Neso - 2011-02-24 20:59

    Too little too late. Simply an election ploy.

  • Madelane - 2011-02-24 21:05

    They can start by not supporting "kill the boer" and as they have indicated that this is not going to happen, I am afraid this is all merely spin doctoring by a government mouth piece.

  • Madelane - 2011-02-24 21:07

    They can start by not supporting "kill the boer" and as they have indicated that this is not going to happen, I am afraid this is all merely spin doctoring by a government mouth piece.

  • Madelane - 2011-02-24 21:10

    They can start by not supporting "kill the boer" and as they have indicated that this is not going to happen, I am afraid this is all merely spin doctoring by a government mouth piece.

  • onetickie - 2011-02-24 21:40

    Just another ANC "motor mouth" waffling on. The only way they can improve farm security is to a)GET RID OF MALEMA b) arrest & hang the killers. AND WE ALL KNOW THEY WON'T DO EITHER.

  • onetickie - 2011-02-24 21:45

    Just another ANC voting strategy. The only way they can "improve farm security" is to a)GET RID OF MALEMA b) arrest & hang the killers. AND WE ALL KNOW THEY WON'T DO EITHER.

  • - 2011-02-24 23:58

    Seeing is believing! And I DONT for one minute believe they actually WILL do something about it but wouldnt it be wonderful to be proven wrong? More electioneering...... Hypocrites that they are by defending the 'kill the boer' song!!!!!

  • meatusx - 2011-02-25 04:18

    The same lip service that they would be looking after the poor, create jobs, and help better the life for all South Africans, but nothing happens...cant believe there's still people out there who believe all the ANC's empty promises. Come on open your eyes...Yes NEBS, we wont believe anything they say, Zuma has been preaching "STOP Corruption" for how long now, Yet corruption gets worse by the day...You have to lead by example...will they live in a shack like 80% of the South African population. What happened to Ubuntu, equality isn't that what ANC is about. Isn't that what most black cultures believe...That if you have more than another you are enriching yourself and stealing form the others...Yet they still vote for the idiots.

  • Fred - 2011-02-25 09:06

    Oh please. Then you have farm murderers trying to get out of prison because "he will not be able to play soccer, etc" while in jail because of some medical problem? WTF?? So if you go to prison, you can play soccer and have a ball? No wonder jail is not a deterrent. Remember the days of the Death penalty, chain gangs, etc? Those were the days that criminals were scared. Those were the days that we were safe.

  • L-H - 2011-02-25 09:14

    If you read the article properly you will notice that what is being proposed is tighter labour legislation and 'protective environments' for farm workers. As in, the farmers will be shafted 'for their own good'.

  • Wedfew - 2011-03-09 13:16

    About bloody time...

  • Gazza69 - 2011-06-02 10:24

    ..........while the problem is rife, where has the action been? Why were the commandos disbanded? The farmers were disarmed to make them easy targets,resulting in them leaving their land!

  • stefan4kruge - 2011-06-02 11:01

    hahahahaha!!! whatever!! if the South Africa Covernment can improve something like a Pencil, then call me... i might not believe you...

  • Foxilass - 2011-06-02 11:40

    They've been LOOKING since 1994 but not SEEING and DOING!!!

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