Turn intention into action, Zuma told

2011-02-09 18:56

Johannesburg - Solidarity general secretary Dirk Hermann wrote an emotional letter to President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday pleading with the government to turn their intentions on fighting crime into action.

This was after Hermann's uncle, Frik Hermann, was found dead at his farm near Alma in Limpopo on Tuesday.

He appealed to Zuma to recognise the pain and suffering of those who lost loved ones to crime in his State of the Nation address on Thursday.

"I am appealing to you to communicate to us the government's serious intention about crime. I am appealing to you to turn intentions into action," the letter read.

"Violent crime is something all South Africans can mobilise against.

"Mr Zuma, I will be listening to you in anticipation. We want to know where violent crime is on your agenda. Thousands of South Africans in pain will want to hear."

He questioned how much of a priority tackling crime was on the government's agenda.

"Are you really furious about the ghastly murders?

"Do you feel the pain we, the families who are left behind, feel?"

Hermann said his uncle's hands were tied behind his back. He said the 78-year-old man's body was so decomposed, it remained unclear how he was killed.

"With his hands tied he died a lonely death.

"My uncle is now a part of the statistics. He even has a number, number 1 647.

"This is according to a list the Transvaal Agriculture Union keeps of farmers who were murdered and of which they have record."

Just another number

Hermann said he found it distressing that his relative was "just another number".

"No shock waves are sent across the country because yet another farmer was murdered. He gets counted, that's all.

"Something is profoundly wrong in a democracy when cold-blooded murders become normal."

The ANC on Wednesday condemned the Hermann murder.

"We call on the SA Police Service to leave no stone unturned in apprehending the perpetrators of this ghastly deed," ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said in a statement.

"The murder of Mr Hermann... is yet another chilling reminder that, while we are making tremendous strides in stamping out crime, there are still those in our midst who have vowed not to stop carrying out such criminal activities like farm killings."

Mthembu called on farmers and farming communities to strengthen community policing forums and step up their work with the police to ensure that criminals "have no place to hide in society and are hunted wherever they are.

"The death of Mr Hermann has robbed the country of someone who has dedicated most of his life to farming, so crucial in the economic growth and food security in the country," said Mthembu.

He expressed the party's heartfelt condolences to the Hermann family.

The Solidarity group last year launched an anti-crime campaign and delivered 16 000 letters to Zuma ahead of his state-of-the-nation address, appealing to him to take action against crime.

  • roadvark - 2011-02-09 19:19

    From 1993 to 2007 there were over 300 000 job losses in the farming industry (down from 1.1 million to less than 800 000). I don't know what the figures for 2011 are but they probably show further job losses. Farmers are employing less labour and mechanising where they can. Farm labour is often bussed in to obviate land tenure claims. The reason for the 27% decline in employment is probably directly related to farmer deaths. In the end nobody wins. For every action there is a coinsequence.

  • G.du Plessis - 2011-02-09 19:27

    Time for the community to fight crime and the government to make this a priority. SA food produce is renowned world-wide; security is needed to maintain this.

  • - 2011-02-09 19:49

    WE WANT. That is this governments principal. No care about what was built and now destroyed! WE WANT!

  • Louis - 2011-02-09 19:49

    Empty words from Jackson Mthembu. He said what he was told to say. The boere will not learn and they cannot stand together to bring this country to a standstill.It is no use bring the culprits to court. They are looking forward to the 4 star hotels. Let the bastards work on the roads, repair and build the government buildings, but also if they do it there will be no gaps for the government members to commits corruption and bribery for illegal contracts.

  • Jimmy - 2011-02-09 19:51

    I'm convinced that when we compare what the ANC could do to reduce violent crime with what they have done, one can only come to the conclusion that they tacitly approve with distribution of wealth through theft. Some victims will inevitably be killed. The ANC seems to be reasonably OK with that. They do seem to be a little uncomfortable when the victims are elderly people who are tortured and then butchered, but it doesn't last too long. After all we are constantly being told that the Revolution continues. Is this the Revolution they refer to?

      LUFC - 2011-02-09 19:58

      During the World Cup you could play in the streets at 11pm at night without being stabbed as well.

      Siphiwe Mahanyele - 2011-02-10 09:31

      @LUFC, my dad was attacked and killed in the streets during the World Cup for being black at Zeerust

  • LUFC - 2011-02-09 19:54

    The problem with all of this is people actually think the ANC give a damn about crime. A government organisation "CAN" be run to near perfection (SARS) - When it comes to taking tax money, no stone is left unturned. When it comes to fighting crime they don't give a damn because they don't get any money out of it.

      Skottie - 2011-02-09 20:14

      You are wrong. The ANC goverment do care about crime ... to keep it alive - yes. Without crime you dont have decent job's, thus it creates jobs and even more taxes. You get a security company to look after the buildings of the police, more security alarm companies, etc...I mean, you buy a car and you get tax, car get stolen and when replacing one somebody again get taxed. I agree, if they had the will they would have done something about it but this is africa and it they did not get concensus amongts them to stop crime - nationalisation of mines for the so call poor enriching the politisions is much more important than the well been en security of its cirtecians..

      Ederik - 2011-02-09 20:58

      Crime is this governments biggest income generator. You get taxed on all the security stuff you have to install to be safe, you get taxed on every payment to security companies, you get taxed on everything you need to replace after burglaries, and the list go on and on.

  • Jamesons - 2011-02-09 20:06

    Oh please. Writing a letter to the ANC . The ANC are the one's promoting farm killing's. ANC extremist followers who dance to the tune of ANC songs.

      wide awake - 2011-02-10 09:13

      Yes exactly - well said Jamesons - lol - writing a letter to the Devil himself. They should take those songs and use them in the toilet where they belong.

  • Mundu - 2011-02-09 20:13

    Boerer, it's time to start shooting back. How is it that so many have died? Get busy and defend yourselves. Form Commando's if you have to.

      Fazil - 2011-02-09 20:16

      This is the most positive comment I found regarding taking the fight of crime to the perpetrators!

      wide awake - 2011-02-10 09:37

      Have to agree - it is time - count me in

      Other Justin - 2011-02-10 09:52

      YES, the best form of defense is ATTACK! Putting these pieces of sh1te in jail is to good for them, the ANC's justice system will have them out in 2 hours anyway, they need to be tortured, shot and killed.

  • tdk25 - 2011-02-09 20:20

    Zuma doesn't care about anyone.....

      Ederik - 2011-02-09 20:59

      He does care.........about himself.

  • Karoobloed - 2011-02-09 20:20

    The legacy of Apartheid is considered by the majority of RSA citizens as a valid reason for pursuing AA and BEE. However, where the ANC is miserably and completely failing is to clearly educate the masses that the legacy of Apartheid in no way justifies the perpetuation of endemic murder in 2011. The objective of majority rule was achieved in 1994, the "war" is long over. The ongoing killing certainly has not brought any economic benefit to the less well-off in RSA, but just opposite - the exodus of skilled citizens, amplifying job losses. There is Black-on-Black killings in the townships, and seemingly Black-on-White killings everywhere else. Every few years there is a White psychopath that goes on the rampage, but that could certainly not be construed in any way as systematic killing from the side of the Whites. This is not a tit-for-tat situation, and has not been for a while now. I do not condone stealing, but why the violence and the killing? No-one should ever be killed for a cell phone, wallet or for living on a farm, Black or White. The time for the Kill the Boer song is absolutely over in the new RSA, especially in light of the chilling farm killing statistics. Come on ANC prove the racists wrong by making a fresh commitment to make the safety and security of all citizens an absolute priority, and actually do something about it - that is what a good and decent government should do.

      Jamesons - 2011-02-09 20:33

      Nicely put

      Karoobloed - 2011-02-09 20:49

      Just to clarify, one does not have to prove racists wrong, they are wrong, whether they are White-Black haters or Black-White haters. But many racists are using the failure of the ANC to effectively promote safety and security as "evidence" of inability to rule.

      wide awake - 2011-02-10 08:58

      Nicely put, but unfortunately a waste of time, we are living in the worst case of apartheid ANC inflicted bad intent, with cover up good speeches while they go about killing and robbing.

  • Kakabooi - 2011-02-09 20:25

    Die dag as ons Zuma se sak kan skud vir misdaad is die dag wat daar erns oor misdaad gaan wees. Dis jammer dat daar nie daadwerklike aksies kan vooruitspruit uit die Solidariteit teen misdaad nie. Selfs die burgerlike arm blyk hulpeloos te wees. Wat is die menings van die soldate teen misdaad? Is dit so verlore saak dat iemand hulle lewens moet boet sodat iemand kan wakker skrik en iemand anders kan agiteer om op te tree en die laaste party het die kans om dit alreeds te gedoen het? Me thinks NOT. The constitution is worth nothing. It is NOT equal for all and all are NOT equal before it. Crime proves it. The success of the SAPS to enact section 205 of the constitution proves it. That is reality for RSA in the grip of the ANC, voted into government by the majority. Soemone else's vote secures someone's murder. Vile and despicable it may be, it's channel 42 (old dstv), the answer.

      wide awake - 2011-02-10 09:09

      Well said - I agree - Time to wake up to what the ANC intent is.

  • Bogus - 2011-02-09 20:26

    I would like to know, what happened to what JZ said at election time that he would like to bring back the death penalty

      wide awake - 2011-02-10 09:00

      Sorry to burst your bubble, but that will never happen, why would he kill his brothers, they are doing as instructed.

  • Allin - 2011-02-09 20:28

    Zuma's intentions are generally so KAWK I would hate to see them turned into action

  • Hardtalk - 2011-02-10 07:12

    I am sorry Mr Hermann for your loss, but its like most protests; when it is close to home you complain and want action. When you get one farmer one bullet and kill the boar from certain people in the ANC & ANCYL what do you expect? 20,000 murders – 67,000-child sex attacks – the most violent crimes you could ever imagine. It has got so bad in my area (Springs) that we have formed a neighborhood watch and take turns in patrolling the streets 24/7 Mr. Zuma wants to create jobs; here is one idea, build as many prisons as it needs to keep the scum in. Another fact for this poor excuse of a legal system (Courts) you never let a violent crime suspect out on bail NEVER NEVER. Another great idea like the USA – use the scum to build roads and clean the streets. Make them work for the board and lodgings they get.

      wide awake - 2011-02-10 08:52

      A better idea eliminate the scum - they don't deserve a prison paid for by us and are another excuse for raking in more taxes for the ANC to steal from the coffers.

  • chrispfourie - 2011-02-10 07:19

    Zuma and his government are clueless how to fight crime and will avoid the issue. Why should they be concerned it does not affect them at all? They live behind high walls and drive around with armed protection.

      wide awake - 2011-02-10 09:41

      Hey chris they are not clueless - it is their intent to seem clueless while they go about their deeds.

  • MTP - 2011-02-10 08:01

    Zuma as with all ANC cadres are just scum-bags concerned only with the money thay can steal

  • wide awake - 2011-02-10 08:46

    Useless! useless! I am so sick of all this bull** in this country. The biggest farce in history has to be the ANC. Zuma hides behind the youth league, they say what he intends. They propagate all the crime corruption and rip-off in any way they can and then make speeches to the contrary, who do they think they are kidding. Not hard to see how useless people screw up a country and blame the past. Their departments are a joke, most useless people alive in City power, Saps and all other government dept, headed by a bunch of useless beings with bad intent. Mtafoad

  • wide awake - 2011-02-10 08:46

    Useless! useless! I am so sick of all this bull** in this country. The biggest farce in history has to be the ANC. Zuma hides behind the youth league, they say what he intends. They propagate all the crime corruption and rip-off in any way they can and then make speeches to the contrary, who do they think they are kidding. Not hard to see how useless people screw up a country and blame the past. Their departments are a joke, most useless people alive in City power, Saps and all other government dept, headed by a bunch of useless beings with bad intent. Mtafoad

  • wide awake - 2011-02-10 09:06

    I am really sorry for your loss Mr Herman. And the other thousands that have been killed and or traumatized since 1994. I have to say you are wasting your time appealing to Zuma, The ignoring of 16 000 letters from the Solidarity group should confirm Zuma's intent, hate to think what they done with those letters.

      Hardtalk - 2011-02-10 12:48

      Mr. Zuma does not ignore letters “ He cant bloody read” But boy can he count money and know of every corrupt way to get it.

  • Other Justin - 2011-02-10 10:03

    My condolences Mr. Hermann. I am afraid however, that you have wasted your time writing to JZ, he might say he cares, but I can assure you that he does not. Him and his African National Circus are glad when farmers are killed, one less boer to deal with. The ANC is trying to apeal the 'Shoot the Boer' song in court to be allowed to sing it, what does that tell you about what they think of white farmers in this country? I am afraid that a farm murder is not a crime, it is a declaration of war. It is time for a counter offensive.

      Hardtalk - 2011-02-10 12:45

      Good idea one bullet one monkey - then see if the ANC & ANCYL wake up.

      wide awake - 2011-02-10 14:27

      Yes one ANC one bullet = do the planet a favour

      wide awake - 2011-02-10 14:27

      Yes one ANC one bullet = do the planet a favour

  • AJ - 2011-02-10 11:09

    If you intend to quit, then I fully endorse this Jacob.

  • radio - 2011-02-10 15:21

    why is it so hard for our police department to pin point where unwanted social elements take refuge.I am certain if these criminals can be eradicated from the society if our police department act more vigilantly. They should start to think out-of-the-box and come up with innovative ways to stop crime.I am sure most of the criminals do not stay in up market suburs(you can find few, though), police should go to places like Hilbrow and other townships marked as dangerous and randomly raid houses there.I know it sounds a bit rude,coz,innocent people will be affected but this has to be done, otherwise, very soon our soil will witness civil war.

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