FF Plus requests urgent parliamentary debate on farm attacks
17 February 2017
The slaughter of farmers in farm attacks must be stopped, and the FF Plus has requested an urgent debate in parliament to discuss this issue, Dr. Pieter Groenewald, leader of the FF Plus said.
Dr. Groenewald in a letter to the Speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete, requested to schedule a discussion on farm attacks and farm murders urgently and without delay.
He said the that the murder of four people of the Smuts family on their farm outside Balfour in Mpumalanga on15 February 2017 brought to 11 the number of farmers murdered this month. Thirty farm attacks have taken place in February of this year alone, averaging two farm attacks every day.
“What is especially worrying, is that there has been a serious increase in the number of farm attacks and farm murders in the last couple of years, as well as the brutality accompanying many of these attacks. Despite this, our national police services have not succeeded in their duty to safeguard rural areas and in particular the farming community.