A parliamentary debate on the recent scourge of farm attacks and killings on Tuesday, September 1, revealed a difference of opinion between political parties. As the Democratic Alliance (AD) called for an end to on-farm killings and attacks and an end to social media hate, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) called the Blue Party a racist group .
In the most recent incident of farm killings, a farmer in KwaZulu-Natal Glen Rafferty and his wife Vida were reportedly shot dead on their return home after visiting friends over the weekend. This, during all this time, tens of thousands of bikers have traveled the country in protest.
Police Minister Bheki Cele is due to visit Newcastle in KZN on Wednesday 2 September, where the elderly couple were killed. She will also meet with organized community agricultural and police structures.
DA CONDEMNS SOCIAL MEDIA HATE OF MURDER AND ATTACKS ON FARM
Da Shadow State Security Minister Dianne Kohler Barnard said the party was reporting hateful social media posts to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).
“On social media, I’ve seen comments about their murders, ‘good’ one said and ‘fine, but I’m sorry for the dog’ by another,” Kohler Barnard said.
“Well, the AD has reported to the South African Commission on Human Rights (SAHRC) the vicious and hateful social media posts that praise murderers every time they kill a farmer or farm worker. This is what the hateful narrative launched over the past two decades has engendered among the children of our country. Those who make such comments are now brought to justice, ”she added.
“ FARMERS THREE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE KILLED THAN A POLICE OFFICER ” – DA
Kohler Barnard said the AD has spoken out against agricultural attacks for more than two decades.
“It was then that we saw the number of attacks increase during this murderous containment, that we drew a line in the sand. This is because Police Minister Bheki Cele chose to ban the patrol systems that farm owners had put in place for decades, in an effort to protect their families, ”she said.
She added that there had been 21 murders and 147 attacks in the past four months alone. She also said South African farmers are three times more likely to be murdered than a police officer.
The Development Agenda said it needed a joint summit to tackle the myriad of threats to rural security, clear short- and medium-term solutions, as well as the political will and will to ” ensure the implementation.
“We need a long-term solution to a problem that looks set to bring our country to the brink of famine,” Kohler Barnard said.
‘THE DA IS PART OF THIS GROUP OF WHITE RACISTS’ – MKHONTO
EFF commissioner Khosi Mkhonto said that apartheid and the neo-apartheid social and economic structure that we have today rely heavily on the ability to create myths by whites and the media that they have it behind them.
“They were first able to crystallize the myth that whites are a superior race, and therefore have the right to dispossess blacks of their land, murder them and make them slaves on their own land”, a- she declared.
“Behind this myth, however, there was a relentless agenda to justify their rapacious plunder, their unquenchable thirst for the blood of Africans, their obsessive preoccupation with dominating and oppressing blacks,” she added.
Mkhonto said the debate over the farm killings and “the so-called white genocide” in this country is an extension of “the myth-creating scam of the right-wing and of those who are determined to uphold by all their poorly acquired colonial wealth. means possible. ”
“The DA is one of that group of white racists who want to divert our attention and focus on a narrow aspect of the crime problem that we have in this country, in order to serve their own right-wing aspirations.
After Mkhonto called the DA racist, Official Opposition Chief Whip Natasha Mazzone raised a point of order. The speaker, however, did not reprimand Mkhonto, saying she called a party racist and not individual.
Mkhonto said the debate over the farm attacks and white genocide in this country is done in a way that seeks to project whites as victims and blacks as perpetrators.
FF PLUS CALLS ON CELE TO CONDUCT A SURVEY BASED ON AGRICULTURAL ATTACKS
FF Plus leader Pieter Groenewald calls on Cele to conduct a full investigation of the attacks on the farm, similar to the special investigation into the attacks and killings on the farm that was carried out in 2013, to determine the causes underlying.
Groenewald said the on-farm killings simply cannot be considered ordinary crimes. On March 14, 2017, during the first parliamentary debate on the issue, requested by the FF Plus, most political parties agreed that the killings on the farm are a source of serious concern and pose a significant threat to food security.
Stressing the importance of the survivors, Groenewald said; “These are the ones who survived an attack on the farm and now have to move on with their lives despite the trauma they suffered – many of them witnessed the murder of one or more family members. ”
“With the 2017 debate, the FF Plus underlined the brutality of the agricultural attacks, which is still relevant today. However, it is imperative to remember that the survivors are also victims and therefore they also deserve our attention, ”he added.