Midlands Farmer Brutally Murdered

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) extends its deepest condolences to the family, friends and community of the victim who was brutally murdered in a farm attack in the Midlands area earlier today.

The man, who was the owner of a well-known eatery, was attacked at his establishment at around 8am by several assailants who assaulted him with a panga. His fiancee managed to escape but sadly he passed away as a result of his injuries.

The South African Police Services (SAPS) in Nottingham Road have indicated that the assailants are still at large, with no arrest made at this stage, while the investigation remains ongoing.

The DA’s local councillor Sandile Mnikati has described the victim as ‘one of the most gentle and loving members of the community’ while labelling the killing ‘a tragedy’. He has also said that this loss of life at the hands of such merciless criminals would leave a scar on the community for years to come.

The DA has repeatedly called for more action from the provincial government when it comes to the protection of KZN’s farming and rural communities. Yet, in a move which smacks of an uncaring government, our concerns have been brushed off while there remains very little in place to stop future murders and attacks.

The DA has also put forward a number of suggestions to KZN Agriculture MEC, Bongiwe Sithole-Moloi, Premier Sihle Zikalala and the province’s MEC for Community Safety and Liaison. To date they have not responded. These interventions include;

– The direct subsidizing of security initiatives such as farm patrols and farm watches
– The utilisation of technology including CCtv cameras and drones to protect rural and hotspot areas
– The subsidizing of a citizen band radio network
– The introduction and support of rural policing units that work with local crime prevention initiatives and;
– The establishment of a Provincial rural safety directorate. The DA has notified the KZN Agriculture Portfolio Committee of this tragic murder and is awaiting a reply. We will continue to place the issue of safety for rural citizens at the door of those who have the power to make a difference.

Chris Pappas – DA


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