Premier: Farm attacks unaffordable

2013-01-18 11:10

Bloemfontein - The Free State cannot afford attacks on farmers, Premier Ace Magashule was quoted as saying on Friday.

The Volksblad newspaper reported that Magashule also urged strong action against those who terrorised farmers.

The Free State experienced five farm attack incidents within the first three weeks of 2013 in which two people were killed.

Magashule’s spokesperson Wisani Ngobeni told the newspaper the premier condemned farm attacks and wanted to see perpetrators brought to justice swiftly.

“The province cannot afford that its farmers get terrorised on their farms. Farmers are important role players in the economy,” the report quoted Ngobeni.

  • ThaboMdodo - 2013-01-18 11:17

    Well said premier! if only they could recognize the problem on a national level. no farmers = no food

      sani.ghana.3 - 2013-01-18 11:41

      I am glad to hear from non racist men speaking wise words, we can not allow these evil men to carry on killing the people who supply our food

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-18 12:04

      Tell that to Abner, Mbongeni, Tumisand.Kolobe

      heini.botes - 2013-01-18 12:30

      Problem is little to nothing is being done. Every now and again you would hear a premier's spokesperson say something about it, and then dissapear again.

      jesibelle.krueger - 2013-01-18 13:19

      Sincere gratitude Premier Magashule - it is good to hear that somebody tells people what they want to hear. I am compelled though to voice my most severe confusion. His colleague (of sorts) - the Minister of Police - denies flatly that there is such a thing as "farm attacks/murders". He says it simply does not exist - in his overt state of denial, he claims there is only crime. So Premier Magashule, I would say, not much will change as long as "farm murders" are denied at national level. In fact, I am prepared to bet anybody, nothing much will change...

  • Brad - 2013-01-18 11:22

    So the issue isn't a moral one but an issue of of economics? Nice.

      bless.boswell - 2013-01-18 11:32

      I was just thinking the same thing ...

      ThandoGqabaza - 2013-01-18 12:28

      Jeez you guys are never satisfied.

      will.macquire.9 - 2013-01-18 12:28

      Whatever reason tickles your fancy,the bottomline is that something must be done to stop farm murders and it must happen asap.

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-18 12:28

      I guess even if it is an economic one he has in a round about way said that farm killings should stop. Someone is kinda sorta seeing the big picture.

      will.macquire.9 - 2013-01-18 12:34

      Well said indeed Ace.If all similar talk was followed by visible action,our country would be far better than it is right now.

      nicolelovelock - 2013-01-18 12:40

      better than the silence

  • ben.nevis.906 - 2013-01-18 11:29

    Lip service at it's best.

  • D_MAN - 2013-01-18 11:51

    Bring in the army to protect the farmers.

  • PureProteas - 2013-01-18 11:54

    Well Ace, why don't you tell your govt to reinstate the death penalty and carry out a few examples, same applies to poaching and rape, that will stop them dead in there tracks, then again they are too much of cowards to even have a referendum

  • angelanair3 - 2013-01-18 12:03

    Oh my God! So someone has woken up to the farm murders? The food baskets are getting emptier and emptier...... When will they realise we need our farmers to feed their people!

  • Killbot79 - 2013-01-18 12:03

    So it's about the money and not the lives?

  • brendan.healey.315 - 2013-01-18 12:05

    Actions speak loder than words, put your money where your mouth is that... would be "Ace"

      brendan.healey.315 - 2013-01-18 12:06

      Louder :-)

  • fred.potgieter.92 - 2013-01-18 12:13

    How strong is "strong action against those who terrorised farmers"? Go to jail to go free again in a few months? They are laughing at you Mr Premier.

  • difa.mashwama - 2013-01-18 12:14

    i fully support you premier we wont continue loosing farmers bcoz of greedy peoples, tough actions must be taken against those who are destroying the economy of this country by murdering innocent farmers.

      Vishen - 2013-01-18 12:22

      The question Difa is, What is that tough action and how do you go about enforcing it effectively?

  • johan.mostert.967 - 2013-01-18 12:25

    If government was serious about this, they would've brought back the Commando System a long time ago. What does our military do anyway?

      ThandoGqabaza - 2013-01-18 12:29

      Why not propose it to the government. How did that system work ?

      kgotso.selome - 2013-01-18 13:19

      if you dont know what the military do, then do your own research...

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-01-18 14:08

      @kgotso, I know what the military do, it was a rhetorical question, they sit, doing nothing and waste the tax payers money and screw prostitutes up in Africa.

  • eva.walle.75 - 2013-01-18 12:26

    SA is like an ongoing train crash. You know the damage is off the scales, but you'll only really see the true carnage once the wreckage has come to a stop.

      mandla.dlamini.524 - 2013-01-22 14:56

      u can choose england , america or zimbabwe a choice is yours, if u no more like sa, leave it dont make nonsensical noise

  • phillys.winterbottom - 2013-01-18 12:49

    lip service from a corrupt inept cadre. put your words in to deeds Ace, and put together a special task team of the SAPS to.......... oh farck, i forgot, Nathi Nthethwaarsehole will take you to court for interfering on his patch of territory ( whilst the people die)

  • carolyn.myburgh - 2013-01-18 13:15

    What is government doing to protect these farmers?

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2013-01-18 13:19

    Lets see how far this lip service of Ace is going to walk the walk and talk with who ever needs to be, talked. Would be interesting to follow.

  • tiaan.truter - 2013-01-18 13:25

    this man " Ace Magashule "....I like him.

  • amanda.matthews.14811 - 2013-01-18 14:20

    Well it may sound absurd talking about curfews but I am afraid that when you live in a Country beset with such violent criminal acts and there are not enough prisons to keep them all in, then apart from bringing back the death penalty what other solutions are there? I tell you one thing, something will eventually have to be done. Everyone is sickened by the spirally crime in the Country. And I MEAN everyone who is not a criminal.

  • nigel.olifaunt - 2013-01-18 16:57

    Much ado about nothing! Typical ANC - can talk the ears off a donkey but when it comes to action, nothing, sweet blue nothing!

  • Sim.MzantsiAfrika - 2013-01-18 21:19

    Land first, all shall follow!

      hein.huyser - 2013-01-18 22:56

      Sim, are you hereby condoning the genocide on whites and confirming that land after all is the agenda behind these murders? Please be bold and brave enough to share some details. Seems you know more that the Minister then.

  • John - 2013-01-18 22:34

    VISIBLE POLICING by sworn peace officers is required all over the land. What we have is fat lazy inept cowardly corrupt maltrained bully boy thugs called POLICY ENFORCERS. This not aimed at the few dedicated peace officers we have left! They need to root out the rot in the ranks of their MEMBERS! Do not form criminal hit squads but dedicated 1st schedule offence eradicaters!

  • TawwaTienie - 2013-02-26 08:49

    1. Deport ALL illegals. 2. Use Corruption money (Arms deals). 3. Bring back Kommandos. 4. Use our helicopters.

  • Hendrikus Bertram - 2013-04-14 19:53

    Please tell Mthethwa, he is still very much in the dark.

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