Free State - The Free State cannot afford attacks on farmers, premier Ace Magashule was quoted as saying on Friday.
The Volksblad newspaper reported that Magashule also urged strong action against those who terrorised farmers.
The Free State experienced five farm attack incidents within the first three weeks of 2013 in which two people were killed.
Magashule’s spokesman Wisani Ngobeni told the newspaper the premier condemned farm attacks and wanted to see perpetrators brought to justice swiftly.
“The province cannot afford that its farmers get terrorised on their farms. Farmers are important role players in the economy,” the report quoted Ngobeni. - Sapa