Stop making radical statements: Agri SA

2011-05-05 22:37

Bloemfontein - Political parties should refrain from making radical statements that could have a negative impact on certain communities, the commercial farming body Agri SA said on Thursday.

Agri SA president Johannes Möller said such statements were usually accompanied by emotion, which led to incorrect perceptions of people.

"Political parties should strongly condemn violent crime, which has already drastically changed the lives of many South Africans," he said in a statement.

Möller also urged South Africans to condemn violent crime and to co-operate within a community context by providing the police with information on planned crimes and criminals.

He criticised crimes against the farming community.

Möller was reacting to the murder of Ottosdal farmer André van der Merwe, and the murder of Johanna Parken and a farm worker on a smallholding outside of Lephalale on Wednesday.

"South Africa can no longer afford this," he said.

Agri SA said the farming community represented the hand that provided the nation with food and offered a livelihood to many people in rural areas.

Crime placed a question mark over democracy and the protection of human rights, it said.

Möller said all South Africans should refrain from making unqualified, derogatory and inflammatory statements about commercial farmers.

"Such statements do not contribute to nation-building and a peaceful society, but polarise communities."

He said that as responsible citizens, South Africans should respect each other’s rights and ensure that criminals no longer felt safe within communities.

The Agri SA president also called on Parliament to introduce legislation aimed at hate speech in order for prosecution to take place within a legal framework.

  • Matt - 2011-05-05 23:06

    When he says all parties he really just means the ANC and ANCYL

      dawnviewinn - 2011-05-06 09:09

      Die ANC se desperate pogings om hul swakhede te probeer verberg deur kamma optredes teen veral korrupsie is nie geslaagd nie en nou gryp hulle na die laaste en enigste strooihalm waarmee hulle ooit kon slaag, en dit is opsweping. Hhulle enigste wapen is en was nog altyd om haat te saai. Die nuutste leuse: Vergeet die toekoms, Onthou die verlede! Al hierdie moorde het een ding in gemeen - Haat! Slegs haat kan tot sulke gruweldade lei.

  • Benzo - 2011-05-05 23:10

    sounds like a level headed suggestion

  • Howzitekse - 2011-05-06 03:13

    What is he talking about. I am not aware of this. Why would people be directing hate speech against commercial farmers? Hate speech should result in prison time.

  • Marcell - 2011-05-06 05:02

    This guy must be a rocket scientist.

  • Bokkie 36 - 2011-05-06 07:52

    @tkotze Well said! It is exactly how we were brought up as well - respect earns respect, my parents weren't farmers, but from farming stock, and it was how every Afrikaner which I came in contact with behaved. There were a few bad apples, as there is in any society, but the majority of us are good, decent people who were willing and even eager to give the new dispensation a chance, but, with all the hatred that is being spewed and directed at us, it is becoming very difficult to do that anymore. When I read some of the comments on these pages, I go cold, and can only feel despair for the future of our beloved country.

  • Jabulani - 2011-05-06 07:56

    It's time to break this evil circle. Black Vs White only leads to violence and hate. Let's concentrate on Good Vs Evil! Malema and AWB type's must be stopped.

      Stryder - 2011-05-06 08:38

      I am with you Jabulani!!!

      Will2.0 - 2011-05-06 09:05


      Pencilgraffiti - 2011-05-06 10:42

      Jabulani for President!

  • Will2.0 - 2011-05-06 09:12

    He's right...BUT individuals should also stop making radical statements about other races, political parties and other broad representative groups. Nation building should come from all sides, and unfortunately every side seems hellbent on claiming SA for themselves, for better or worse.

  • sainsaudi - 2011-05-06 09:46

    On the one hand the ANC talks about the Freedom Charter, and use it to justify their actions, thereby subverting The Constitution to a mere piece of paper. On the other hand, they do not understand the Freedom charter and the intentions behind it. Both documents espouse non-racism, equality and a common citizenship. However, the ANC and its cronies choose to reinterpret both documents to suit their own agendas.The hatred, the personal attacks on opposition politicians, the subjugation of citizens into second class citizens because of their race, creed or culture, the divide and rule tactics and playing the race card at every turn have had their toll on South Africans.Now that the ANC is on the backfoot and support is waning, they resort to the abovementioned dirty tactics. They have either lost their moral and principled direction, or they have begun to show what they always were: morally bankrupt.

  • lekomonisi - 2011-05-06 10:03

    who ever that removed my comments here MMAO

      René Müller - 2011-05-06 10:27

      You don't make any sense! Try again

      Felix - 2011-05-06 10:34

      We don't like you, you racist isitabani.

      lekomonisi - 2011-05-06 11:51

      @Felix hey wena Mmao le ntatao they are isitabani.

  • Yasr - 2011-05-06 10:17

    The top management of Agri SA should be 37% black :)

      VuyosWors - 2011-05-06 11:09


  • Yasr - 2011-05-06 12:05

    Joke VuyosWors man.

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