Today I will write to the Provincial Police Commissioner, Luitenant General Nneke Ledwaba, reiterating the DA’s repeated call to capacitate rural safety within the South African Police Service (SAPS) with adequate manpower and resources.
This comes after two senseless farm attacks in the Waterberg district during the last 48 hours.
The DA is deeply saddened by Wednesday’s senseless murder of farm manager Mr Jasper von Clause who was fatally shot. His 55 year old partner as well as the farmer’s son was wounded during the same brutal attack at Dale farm outside Lephalale.
Last night there was a brutal farm attack between Roedtan and Mookgopong where Ockie Breedt Jnr was stabbed eight times by two unknown attackers who are still at large. Mr Breedt is in a stable condition.
The DA calls on the SAPS to make all resources at their disposal available to track down and arrest the perpetrators of these horrific attacks.
Limpopo rural communities – farmers as well as farm workers – are increasingly at risk as the SAPS have limited personnel and resources to prevent violent crime in secluded and vast rural areas.
We further call on all leaders of society to condemn attacks such as these and refrain from using inflammatory language that may incite violence, especially during the debates surrounding land and land reform.
What is needed is sober leadership to deal with the issues around rural safety as well as land and not populist rhetoric that could fuel conflict and violence.
The country’s rural communities, regardless of class or race, deserve a government that works to keep them safe.