AfriForum wants special rural safety unit

2012-06-20 22:39

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.

  • david.t.hlongwane - 2012-06-21 00:17

    Not another Malema tantrums Mr.Lamola,you see i vote for the ANC not the black ANC...u see now u are marked as the cause for the death of yet another farmer.I dont think giving the young black society farms in that tendency of \it has to take WAR\.I MEAN WHAT THE HELL RONALd LAMOLA???if there's any1 who wants to do racial war,declare it somewhere not in S.A,We can work together in farms multiracially.that's what equality is all about,not arrogance

      michael.a.devilliers - 2012-06-21 06:34

      and there's a 600 year old war with whomever you stole that land from. get in line.

      Konstabel - 2012-06-22 09:46

      Thank you David, well said. I am all for programs to assist people living in poverty to develop but it must be based on their willingness to make the most of the opportunities offered and not on the basis of race or some sort of 'entitlement'. Mr Lamola just like Malema is just using this as cheap propeganda to try and get support from the masses by stirring up racial tension. SA can only move forward if we stop all reference to race and focus all attention to uplifting the poor.

  • Nikita Mitchell - 2012-06-21 00:20

    well we've established apartheid in reverse. racism is now the future south africa instead this tym its the black man oppressing...shame Nelson Mandela's legacy means nothing now. such a pity as he was the only hope south africa had.

  • Toria - 2012-06-21 00:20

    "We need an act as forceful as war to bring it back to the Africans," Are these the words of our future leaders?! It's bleak up ahead...very bleak indeed.

      Wally Walters - 2012-06-21 06:43

      Call up ex SADF soldiers recruit them into commando and the job will be done

      nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-21 08:58

      @Eugene I agree - but it will never happen because it would be in complete contradiction to the ANC's hidden agendas.

  • James Koen - 2012-06-21 00:21

    @Vuyani Pity we can't nationalize brain power in this country, wouldn't it be nice if you can experience having a brain too. Idiot.

      vuyani.shawe - 2012-06-21 20:19

      James what's the role of afri forum in south africa? B4 I can say any thing.

  • toofaan.monsoon - 2012-06-21 05:42

    Lamola seriously needs to look at himself and his followers limitations. How on earth does land re-distribution help with unemployment ? It takes generations of skill gathering and business know how to turn a farm into a profitable business. Nowhere on Earth are people just given land for free. With how good Africa is at messing up just about any opportunity that comes it's way, this land redistribution without compensation thing is one of the dumbest ideas I've ever heard.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-06-21 05:51

    Why won't the ANC declare farm murders / attacks a priority crime? Is this an ANC strategy to intimidate white farmers to leave their land?

  • louis.nolte.3 - 2012-06-21 07:43

    Hier staan ons voor die Heilige God van hemel en aarde om 'n gelofte aan Hom te doen, dat, as Hy ons sal beskerm en ons vyand in ons hand sal gee, ons die dag en datum elke jaar as 'n dankdag soos 'n Sabbat sal deurbring, en dat ons 'n huis tot Sy eer sal oprig waar dit Hom behaag, en dat ons ook aan ons kinders sal sĂȘ dat hulle met ons daarin moet deel tot nagedagtenis ook vir die opkomende geslagte. Want die eer van Sy naam sal verheerlik word deur die roem en die eer van oorwinning aan Hom te gee.

  • josta.shivuri - 2012-06-21 07:55

    I am now convinced that SA is at a tipping point!

  • hendriek.woede - 2012-06-21 08:39

    Afrikaner Forum, is a civil right movement for the protection of Afrikaner interest and general white interest and culture. Ons land Suid Afrika. Lamola!!! pasop.

  • Kevin - 2012-06-21 11:35

    Why cant the governmnet just to its job - crime is crime and the police and army and the justice are there to enforce laws. If you cant do the job let someone else do it..!

  • ckarstel - 2012-06-22 15:37

    Sad to say this is what they want, to take the land that the African youths believe is solely theirs. It is not just by any means to steal back lands, destroying communities lives, working lives, livelihoods for sake of hate and retribution. Where does that take a country? Backwards or course, The ANC YL are manipulating and carrying forth the anger of suppressed people who misguided and misinformed. Farm murders are carried out in cold blood and the current government and the world turns a blind eye, it is in the best interests of all farmers and communities of all colours that are affected by these crimes to stand together and fight back. There are better ways to help the people of South africa, educate, lead by good judgement and get these idiotic young live wires who only seek to go down in the history books for nothing more than blood shed and violence out of the spectrum. I would shoot dead any person that came onto my home or hurt a hair on my families head, and so then should the farmers. Murdering toddlers, murdering old grandmas and grandfathers what sick justification can land appropriation be? if they are given no protection then they should just use any means available until these barbaric pests are dead. Yes it should be a priority crime along with all the other rapes upon young babies, carjacking, hi jackings, setting fire to people and countless inhumane crimes carried out every single day on innocent victims. There is no governing its always holiday time!

  • JenniferMoller13 - 2012-06-24 11:23

    My country makes me so sad. I hate living in fear, hate being a slave to the past, and hate that so few people are able to see through the propoganda and rubbish, allowing it to rule their thoughts. South Africa, we are a nation of hard workers, of passionate people and of great ideals. We have to stand together for what builds and unifies, and condemn those who sow fear and hate. Lamola, Malema and those like them are only out to cement their own power by stirring up dissatisfaction. We need a culture of accountability and service, and we need leaders who care about South Africa more than their own grast on power.

  • Ernest - 2012-06-28 02:32

    every day when iam reading these comments its alway comes clear that the majorityn of south africans are tired of this current situation same as me from colonialism slavery arpatheid corruption rape crime slow service delivary etc.and all those stages wer in favour of few black and white individuals so can some one please tell me what is the best non political advice and iwill take it because my grandfather my father and me suffer but MR so and so is getting richer every day and

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