BLOEMFONTEIN - The DA on Sunday called for the immediate restoration of special rural safety units as another Free State farmer is murdered.
"The DA is concerned by the heinous murder of yet another farmer in the Free State, Mr Johannes Mazibuko, an emerging farmer from Frankfort. Mr Mazibuko was murdered on the farm Waterkant on Thursday," DA spokeswoman Mariette Pittaway said.
In 2003, former president Thabo Mbeki announced that the commandos were to be disbanded and was supported by the then minister of defence Mosiuoa Lekota and then police commissioner Jackie Selebi. Lekota also described the commando units as "apartheid-established". The DA vehemently objected to the disbandment of the commandos and voted against it, she said.
Ironically, in 1998, former president Nelson Mandela included the commandos in a rural security plan, and "encouraged farmers, especially white farmers, to join the commandos and help in rural protection", Pittaway said.
The DA had repeatedly called on government to establish specialised rural safety units within the South African Police Service (SAPS) to improve safety and security in rural areas.