DA calls for Commission of Inquiry into farm murders

Issued by Noko Masipa MP – DA Shadow Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development
05 Jun 2023 in News

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) is deeply saddened and disturbed by the heinous farm murders that occurred over the weekend in both Limpopo and the Western Cape, resulting in the loss of innocent lives. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims during this incredibly difficult time.

The brutal murder of a prominent businesswoman and her family member at a farm in Limpopo, where their bodies were set alight while they were still alive, is an appalling and shocking crime. Such acts of violence have no place in our society, and those responsible must be apprehended swiftly and brought to justice.

Additionally, the murder of Pierre and Belinda De Kock on their farm in Aurora, Western Cape, adds to the growing concern about the safety and security of our farming communities. We express our deepest sympathies to their loved ones and condemn this act of violence in the strongest possible terms.

The DA is gravely concerned about the rising number of farm murders in our country, which further underscores the urgent need for effective action to address this issue. It is deeply troubling that there have been a total of five farm murders this weekend alone. We cannot stand idly by as our farming communities live in constant fear for their lives and face the devastation of losing loved ones. These farm murders threaten the country’s food security.

Bheki Cele and his SAPS is clearly failing people in rural areas despite an existing rural safety plan.

Considering these alarming incidents and in line with our Congress Resolution that was adopted with a resounding majority, the Democratic Alliance will write to the President to request the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry into farm murders. This independent inquiry will allow for a thorough investigation into the underlying causes of these crimes and provide recommendations for comprehensive measures to safeguard our farming communities.

The DA strongly believes that the safety and security of all South Africans, regardless of where they live or work, is of paramount importance. We will continue to advocate for effective and proactive measures to combat crime, strengthen law enforcement, and ensure justice for the victims and their families.

We call on all South Africans to stand united against this wave of violence and support the efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice. Together, we must work towards creating a society where every citizen feels safe and protected.

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