Agri Western Cape chief executive Jannie Strydom said the organisation appreciated that rural safety was being prioritised.
“Investment and crime don’t go hand in hand and the agricultural sector welcomes MEC Meyer’s invitation to join the newly established rural technical safety committee.”
At the meeting, the provincial government committed to the establishment of an inter-ministerial team and said the heads of the Department of Agriculture and Community Safety would work together to establish the terms of reference by the end of the month. The team would then report back to the provincial cabinet.
Meyer said: “People should not live in fear. Farmers cannot farm if they and their employees are constantly having to look over their shoulders.”