Farm attacks should be priority: Union

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Farm attacks should be made a priority crime, commercial farmers' union TAU SA said on Wednesday.

"We need to confirm whether rural safety is really treated down at grassroot levels as a priority, because we don't get that impression," assistant general manager Chris van Zyl said in Pretoria.

He was speaking at a meeting organised by the union to discuss ways to curb farm murders.

Van Zyl said TAU was concerned at the police's ability to investigate violent crimes.

Union deputy president Henry Geldenhuys said Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa had been scheduled to address the meeting, but failed to show up. This was cause for concern, he said.

"Farm attacks can't continue at the current rate... Is this the concern that the police and ministry put to the matter? This is a source of great concern for us."

Ministry spokesman Zweli Mnisi said they did not confirm attendance to the meeting because they had not been invited.

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