AfriForum applauds cops in farm attack case

AfriForum has thanked the police following an arrest of a third man in a Parys farm attack case.

PRETORIA - AfriForum on Sunday lauded the police on the arrest of a third man in the murder and robbery of a Parys elderly couple in the Free State.

The man believed to be the master mind behind the attack was nabbed in Langlaagte in Johannesburg on Friday after police traced him to Gauteng.

It is alleged the man, his wife and another suspected went into the Somerset farm in January looking for a job and later decided to rob and kill Ernest van Rooyen and his wife Annetjie.

AfriForum's Ernst Roets said, “We are thankful of the work that the police have been doing in this regard. We hope that they will take the fight against farm attacks even further by declaring it a priority crime and implementing a particular strategy.”

The man is expected to appear in the Parys Magistrates Court on Monday.

At least eight people were killed in farm attacks in January.

Meanwhile, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa in January said farm attacks were not special and did not deserve to have more police focus than any other area in the country.

Mthethwa said farms were part of the rural safety plan and would be treated as such.