The civil rights organisation AfriForum and the Western Cape Department of Community Safety on 29 October 2017 launched a collective plan for the safeguarding of farms during a media conference in Cape Town. This follows after the recent announcement of the 2016/2017 crime statistics by Fikile Mbalula, Minister of Police, and the latest statistics by AfriForum regarding farm attacks and murders that were committed this past year.
Lt Gen Khombinkosi Jula, Provincial Police Commissioner in the Western Cape, Dr Ivan Meyer, Provincial Minister of Finance, as well as Mr Dan Plato, Provincial Minister of Community Safety, attended the conference.
“The purpose of the ten-point plan is to nurture awareness among the rural community and to help them establish safety structures within the community,” says Johandré van Zyl, AfriForum’s Regional Safety Coordinator for the Western Cape.
“People, among which farmers, that live in rural areas will urgently need to adapt their farms, homes and lifestyles in terms of safety. They will need to consume safety,” says Thomas van Dalen, AfriForum’s Manager of Community Safety.
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