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The extent of farm attacks must be internationally recognised

Agri SA is displeased with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s statement that there is “no killings of farmers” in South Africa. He said this in an interview at the United Nations in New York in response to US President, Donald Trump’s controversial tweet in August.

“Farm attacks and murders on all farmers, farm workers and their families is a huge problem that needs to be recognised,” said Dan Kriek, Agri SA President.

The Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, released the latest figures on these attacks earlier this month. The police’s crime statistics show that 62 farm murders occurred during 2017/2018. Agri SA appeals to President Ramaphosa as the President of South Africa to give the necessary nuances and facts about the matter.

“The extent to which food producers and their workers are subjected to brutal attacks cannot be denied. According to the latest report from Agri SA, farmers lost approximately R7.7 billion in 2017 due to crime on farms,” says Kriek.

Agri SA has been involved in various talks with, among others, President Ramaphosa, Minister Cele, Minister of Agriculture, Senzeni Zokwana and international role-players. Agri SA will emphasize the utmost urgency of farm safety on all possible forums, nationally and internationally.

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Die omvang van plaasaanvalle moet internasionaal erken word 

Agri SA is ontevrede met President Cyril Ramaphosa se stelling dat daar “geen moord op boere” in Suid Afrika plaasvind nie. Hy het dit tydens ‘n onderhoud by die Verenigde Nasies in New York gesê in reaksie op die Amerikaanse President, Donald Trump se omstrede twiet in Augustus.

“Plaasaanvalle en -moorde op alle boere, plaaswerkers en hul gesinne is ‘n reuse probleem wat erken moet word,” sê Dan Kriek, Agri SA President.

Die Minister van Polisie, Bheki Cele het vroeër vandeesmaand die jongste syfers oor dié aanvalle vrygestel. Die polisie se misdaadstatistiek toon dat 62 plaasmoorde gedurende 2017/2018 plaasgevind het. Agri SA doen ‘n beroep op President Ramaphosa as President van Suid Afrika om die nodige nuanse en feite weer te gee.

“Die mate wat voedselprodusente en hul werkers aan brutale aanvalle uitgelewer is kan nie weggepraat word nie. Volgens die jongste verslag van Agri SA het boere ongeveer R7.7 miljard in 2017 weens misdaad op plase verloor,” sê Kriek.

 Agri SA is betrokke by verskeie gesprekke met onder andere President Ramaphosa, Minister Cele, Minister van Landbou, Senzeni Zokwana en internasionale rolspelers. Agri SA sal die uiterste dringendheid van plaasveiligheid in al die moontlike forums, nasionaal en internasionaal benadruk.

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