Sunday, February 07, 2010

Farmers plead to Zuma for help

Pretoria - A group of farmers in Pretoria on Saturday demanded that government help "stop farm murders" and pleaded their case in an open letter to President Jacob Zuma.

"Surely, if politicians and senior officials can publicly direct police officials to use firearms to prevent crime or becoming the victims...the very same principle should apply to law-abiding citizens who do not enjoy the luxury of police protection," said Transvaal Landbou Unie SA (TLU SA) chief executive Bennie Van Zyl.

He accused the police of being corrupt and said government failed in its responsibility to protect its citizens.

"We don't hear it, we don't see it."

The group was calling for a formal summit with government to renew safety initiatives that former president Nelson Mandela implemented during his term.

Open letter to Zuma

Van Zyl and several others spoke at a ceremony held in memory of farmers who were murdered.

In the open letter to Zuma, Van Zyl spoke about "the threat against farmers, their families and their employees".

"The producers of food and fibre are threatened by vicious criminals responsible for committing the most hideous crimes against mankind displaying no respect for age or gender," he said.

Johan van Biljon, chairperson of the organisation's youth divison said since 2006 there had been a systematic increase in farm murders.

About 50 people attended the ceremony - most of them bearded men wearing shorts and khaki shirts.

While wiping away tears, the group laid calla lilies at empty coffins and on a white cross in commemoration.

"They say we [are] ready for the [Fifa] World Cup, but in the rural areas it's a different story," said Van Biljon, expressing concern about rural safety.

"The unabated continuance of the most brutal violence against the producers of food and fibre, their families and their employees is not only targeting a specific sector of the economy in a manner to which none other can compare," he said.

"But it seriously places South Africa's already-eroded strategic asset of food security at risk."

The youth division were expected to hand over the statement to police representatives as they did not attend the ceremony to receive it.


6 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

This is how the country will fail; brutal, violent, senseless cruelty.


Anonymous said...

They can plead allthey like - not going to happen. Zuma is more worried about where he puts his willy over the running of the country!

Anonymous said...

What a waste of time. You don´t go cap in hand to a kaffir. They see that as weakness. You arm yourself, and retaliate in the most brutal fashion possible, or you die. The choice is yours.

Ex SADF said...

Nice try guys(farmers). That bloody randy idiot won't do a thing about it. The murders are an ochestrated plan by the anc terrorists, and that is a fact. He is an evil k4. Please boere/afrikaaners/english men don't go on your hands and knee's and beg the k4, it is a sign of weakness. All the white's in this country must stand and get together and remove the anc from government, finish and klaar. BY FORCE. It is the only way foward. Where are the manne met ballas, like we were in the SADF/border days. zuma won't help the farmers, because he can't and won't. He is too busy shagging. Please guy's must I draw you a picture. The time has come for ACTION. Unity is strength. Eendracht maak mag.

Snowy Smith said...

I see you deleted my post.

Anonymous said...

@Snowy Smith. It seems all our requests fell on deaf ears Snowy. If you cannot observe the basic respect to comply with our wishes, then we do not have to afford you a podium. So rather go and distribute your rhetoric elsewhere.