The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday called for an urgent meeting with National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole to curb rising farm murder cases in the country.
This came after Stefan Smit, a wine farmer at the Louisenhof wine estate in Stellenbosch outside Cape Town, was murdered over the weekend.
This was the second farm murder in less than a month in the Western Cape province and followed short on the heels of the murder of former DA councillor Annette Kennealy and her husband as well as other brutal attacks in the Limpopo province and elsewhere over the past few weeks.
“These attacks and murders are untenable and it is clear that the DA’s long-standing appeal for the integration of rural safety units falls on deaf ears,” said Annelie Lotriet, Chairperson of the DA’s Parliamentary Caucus.
Therefore, the DA had to make a request to Sitole to urgently meet with him on the attacks on the rural communities, Lotriet said.
At the meeting, the DA will present to Sitole a clear rural safety plan, according Lotriet.
The plan calls for the establishment of specialized rural safety units consisting of specially trained members of the South African Police Service (SAPS).
Shortly before the May 8 general elections, President Cyril Ramaphosa met with wine farmers at Stellenbosch and promised to enhance rural safety.
In South Africa which is among the countries that have the highest crime rate in the world, the rise in farm murders has become a focus of attention. Enditem