September 22, 2015

#FarmMurder: Update: Since the beginning of 2015, 157 farm attacks occurred while 44 murders were committed during these attacks

AfriForum accuses ministers and SAPS of complicity after the occurrence of more farm murders

The civil rights organisation AfriForum once again made an appeal to the Minister of Police, Nkosinathi Nhleko, to prioritise farm murders.
This follows after an elderly couple and a friend of them were attacked this weekend on their game farm close to Thabazimbi. Bruno Res (73) was shot in the arm and his wife Petru (60) was shot in the head. The couple was taken by surprise by five black attackers when Petru and her friend arrived at the farm on Friday evening. After the attack, all three the victims were locked for 16 hours inside a walk-in safe vault. Petru died on the scene as a result of her injuries.
Since the beginning of 2015, 157 farm attacks occurred while 44 murders were committed during these attacks.
Ernst Roets, Deputy CEO of AfriForum, described farm murders as a national crisis and referred to the failure of the Department of Police to prioritise this crime, as a form of complicity. Roets said that there are essentially four reasons why the prioritisation of farm murders must be considered as critical.
“In the first place, the calculations of independent research institutions indicate that the possibility for a farmer to be murdered, is more than double that of a police official. Secondly, these murders are often committed with exceptional levels of brutality. Thirdly, farmers have a vital role to play in society, especially with regards to job creation and food security. In the fourth place, we know that farmers live in isolated places, far from their neighbours and far from the nearest police station.”
“Despite this, the Minister, the Department of Police and the South African Police Service (SAPS) generally refuse to fight these crimes with the necessary urgency,” added Roets.
Roets also made a plea to the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana, to intervene by taking drastic action. This follows after Zokwana expressed his concern at an agricultural gathering in the Western Cape last week with regards to the wave of crime that broke out on farms.
“The Minister regularly says that farmers and institutions such as AfriForum and Government must come together to find solutions for this crisis. The time for talk is gone. AfriForum already drives its own campaign on local and international level. As far as Government is concerned, the ball is now in the Minister’s hands to decide how role-players must work together.”
Roets concluded by mentioning that AfriForum will undertake further actions in this coming week against the failure of the Department and the SAPS.

Daar is al 44 mense op plase vermoor sedert die begin van die jaar,  het  AfriForum  Dinsdag gesê. Ernst  Roets,  adjunkhoof van die burgerregte-organisasie,  het gesê sedert die begin van 2015 was daar al 157 plaasaanvalle waartydens 44 mense vermoor is. “AfriForum het weereens ʼn beroep op polisieminister  Nkosinathi  Nhleko gedoen om plaasmoorde as ʼn voorrangmisdaad te klassifiseer.” 338 5 Die mees onlangse moord was op Petro Res (http://maroelamedia.co.za/blog/nuus/sa-nuus/thabazimbi-plaasaanval-slagoffers-in-kluistoegesluit-vrou-doodgeskiet/) 343 totaal (60)  op ʼn wildsplaas naby Thabazimbi in Limpopo. Bruno Res (73) is tydens die aanval in die arm geskiet, terwyl sy vrou, Petro, in die kop geskiet is. Sy is op die toneel dood. Roets het die plaasmoorde as ʼn krisis bestempel en die polisieministerie daarvan beskuldig dat hulle  weier  om voorrang aan die misdade te verleen. Hy het vier redes uiteengesit waarom plaasaanvalle voorrang moet kry. “In die eerste plek, berekeninge van onafhanklike navorsingsinstansies  dui  daarop dat die kans dat ʼn boer vermoor word twee keer groter is as die kans van ʼn polisiebeampte. Tweedens, hierdie moorde gaan dikwels  gepaard met buitensporige vlakke van brutaliteit. “Derdens,  boere het ʼn noodsaaklike rol in die samelewing, veral met betrekking tot werkskepping en voedselsekuriteit.  Laastens,  ons  weet  boere  bly op afgeleë plekke, ver van bure en die naaste polisiestasie,”  het  hy  gesê.

“Ten spyte hiervan weier die minister, die departement van polisie en die Suid-Afrikaanse Polisiediens  (SAPD)  om hierdie misdade met die nodige dringendheid te beveg.”

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