Three cheers for these people who are prepared to show some balls. Three f**k yous for the mainstream media (Beeld excluded) that failed to cover this story.
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The ANC's provincial councillor for community security in the NorthWest legislature, Mr Vilakazi, has held an emergency meeting with the civil-rights group AfriForum and the Transvaal Agricultural Union representatives in Lichtenburg upon his request.
Vilakazi had asked for the meeting after some 1,000 farmers and Lichtenburg ratepayers had held a peaceful protest against the farm murders and the crime epidemic.
The SA Police presence at this protest was seen as 'deeply menacing and overwhelming', local Afrikaner ratepayers had reported afterwards.
Even though their protest was totally 'non-threatening', the SA Police had found it necessary to show up with a large force to block access to the municipal building (see pic).
The Afrikaner community was protesting specifically against the torture/murder of an impoverished local Afrikaner farming couple, At and Katerina Deysel (see pic).
The retired mineworker, suffering from miner's lung, lived on an Ottoshoop smallholding and both were murdered cruelly on April 22 2008.
One of the two suspects, Philip Moremi, 26, was an escaped parolee from the local police cells who had allegedly also tortured and killed Mrs Jaiboon Zeena, a frail, petite Asian shopkeeper in Ottoshoop in March -- was arrested only after Beeld newspaper had published his picture.
Also addressed was the 'gaping security hole' left in all the rural areas by Mbeki's unilateral scrapping of the highly-successful rural commando system several years ago.
An estimated 2,975+ farmers have been murdered since 1994 but due to Mbeki's obsession with keeping these specific statistics a state-secret, it's exceedingly difficult to obtain any trustworthy statistics from the SA Police about the exact extent of the farm attacks phenomenon in the country.
The last published SAPS report on farm attacks was a whopping five years ago -- in July 2003, when 1,650 murdered farmers had been officially placed on record.