SA Farmers Development Association raises alarm over farm attacks after KZN farmer survives fourth incident in six months
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DURBAN - The South African Farmers Development Association (Safda) is concerned about the ongoing farm attacks in the country.
This after one of its members, Mongezi Ntuli, a farmer in the Eteza area just outside Richards Bay, was attacked on Sunday.
The association said the 28-year-old was fortunate to escape after his security guards were able to fight off the criminals. The criminals ran away.
Ntuli said it was not the first time he had been attacked at his farm and said this was the fourth incident in six months.
“Criminals get away with this, and nothing has been done to combat this crime. The police are failing to catch these criminals. We fear for our lives. Our farms are not safe at all,” said Ntuli in a statement.
The association called on the government to take action regarding the attacks on farms.
“People are attacked day in and day out, but nothing much has been done about it. As Safda, we want to call on the national Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, to prioritise this.
“We would like to see the minister releasing statistics on farm attacks and farm killings and how these are being addressed,” said Safda’s executive chairperson, Siyabonga Madlala.
Madlala said the country had seen many of these crimes being reported, but it was not clear what happened to the police investigations.
“We call on the government to fight this scourge. As an organisation that prioritises the rights of farmers, we will continue to raise such issues that our farmers face, particularly black farmers,” he said.