by Ismail Obaray MPL – DA Northern Cape Provincial Spokesperson of Agriculture
Date: 27 February 2017
Type: Press Statement
The DA condemns the murder of 79-year- old farmer, Piet Jacobs, whose bound and stabbed body was found on his plot in
Hartswater on the weekend.
Jacobs is one of at least twelve people who have lost their lives in farm murders that have taken place across the country since
the beginning of February this year. During this same time frame, at least 30 farms countrywide have come under attack.
The cold-blooded killing of Jacobs once again emphasises the urgent need to bring back rural-safety units.
To ensure the safety of all farming communities, a DA government would:
Establish specialised rural safety units within the SAPS;
Deploy specialised Rural Reaction Units to clearly identify rural crime “hotspots” on a rotating basis;
Improve rural crime intelligence gathering;
And create a SAPS Rural Intelligence Centre that would improve the gathering and analysing of rural crime
information and thus better inform crime prevention initiatives.
The DA cannot tolerate a situation whereby people residing in rural communities must live in a constant state of fear. Every
person deserves to feel safe and protected in South Africa, including those people living in rural areas.
By ignoring issues of rural safety, the ANC government is not only showcasing its neglect in keeping this crucial part of our
economy safe and protected, but it is also directly undermining food security, job security, and sustainable agricultural growth.
After all, how can we expect farmers to remain enthusiastic about feeding the nation when they remain at risk permanently?
Ismail Obaray MPL
DA Northern Cape Provincial Spokesperson of Agriculture
082 380 2128
Shelley De Witt
082 847 1387