08 October 2020
Staff Reporter/ PretoriaLIVE
Pretoria – The Democratic Alliance (DA) attached a petition to an open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa. The petition has almost 55 000 signatures.
The petition was launched in July, it called for the President to apologize for his remarks in a 2018 interview, when he denied that farm murders were taking place in South Africa, said Dianne Kohler Barnard DA Shadow Minister of State Security
Barnard also said “We called on the President to take urgent action regarding the perpetual fear and danger our rural men and women live and work in as they grow the very food we eat”
“Government and Parliament continue to turn a blind eye to the plight of farmers, farm workers, their parents, wives, and children who suffer cruel, senseless and often deadly torture at the hands of criminals”
Barnard urged the President to acknowledge comments by the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele’s to the Normandien-farmers in KwaZulu-Natal.
Barnard also said to be noted was the gruesome death of 21-year-old Brendin Horner on a Paul Roux-farm in the Free State.
Violence in rural areas has been steadily increasing over the years.
The DA said the government dissolved specialised units and left rural communities vulnerable.
“As much as violence should never beget violence, the protest in Senekal clearly shows that farm murders and attacks have emotions at a boiling point” added the shadow minister.
The DA also said they found the announcement by the National Commissioner of the South African Police, General Khehla Sitole, that the South African “encouraging”.
“It is the first positive, pro-active move we have seen on the part of the police” said Barnard
The DA said it will send the letter to Ramaphosa directly, and deliver the petition to Parliament.
The links to the petition are: stopplaasaanvalle.co.za or stopfarmattacks.co.za.