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AfriForum wants to see action over WC farm safety plans

AfriForum was speaking in the wake two recent attacks on farms in the Western Cape.

Protesters from Black Monday march to the American Embassy in Pretoria, demanding assistance from American President Donald Trump in stopping farm murders and land grabs in South Africa. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A lobby group said that plans for greater safety measures around Western Cape farms had yet to yield fruit.

AfriForum was speaking in the wake two recent attacks on farms in the Western Cape.

Earlier this year, it became clear that there had been a significant spike in violent crime on farms in the Western Cape and that prompted a flurry of activity.

An inter-ministerial rural safety committee was set up and plans were announced for a rural technical team that would pool resources and figure out a plan to stop the crime.

AfriForum's Ian Cameron said: “We see statements being made but when the boots need to hit the ground, we don’t see anything. As they say, the proof is in the pudding.”

There have been a total of 24 attacks and four murders on farms in the province this year, more than double the number recorded last year.

In the latest incidents, five armed men got into the Elandsberg farm, tied up a couple and their guests before robbing them and fleeing in their car.

Last week, a woman was tied up and raped in Picketberg. Her attacker fled with a mere R180.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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