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Woman injured in Klapmuts farm attack

It’s believed armed men entered her home while she was with her two children on Tuesday morning.

Picture: Winnie Theletsane/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A woman has been injured in an attack at a Klapmuts farm, in the Western Cape.

It’s believed armed men entered her home while she was with her two children on Tuesday morning.

Agriculture MEC Ivan Meyer said: “I will be visiting the Klapmuts farm’s patrol unit to establish the facts, but I’m certainly concerned about the criminality and brutality of these farm attacks happening here in the Western Cape.”

This attack came about a day after Stellenbosch farmer Stefan Smit was murdered on Sunday.

In May, Tool Wessels was killed in an attack on a farm in Bonnievale, while his wife was injured.

Agri Western Cape called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to implement a rural safety plan following the Klapmuts attack.

“This rural safety strategy will assist with responding to the safety and security needs of the rural community and strengthening relationship-building. The producers and farmworkers need a safe environment and the president and government must show the sector that they have the political will,” the organisation's Jannie Strydom said.

Lobby group AfriForum's Ian Cameron said there had been a spike, with at least 18 similar attacks including four murders, since the start of the year.

“We’ve seen more than double the amount of attacks in 2019 between January and May than what we saw in the same time period last year. We are all worried about this.”

On Monday, the MECs for agriculture and community safety declared they wanted a rural safety priority inter-ministerial committee established and the implementation of the long-awaited plan.

(Edited by Mihlali Ntsabo)

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