There have been nineteen farm attacks and three farm murders in South Africa for the period 1 to 15 June 2019. During this period one arm attack was also successfully averted. This on the back of 184 farm attacks and 20 farm murders for the period January to May 2019. The statistics were supplied by The Rome Research Institute of South Africa. The details of these attacks can be seen on the below table.
Why Ramaphosa is silent on farm attacks? In a recent article, Ernst Roets said “President Cyril Ramaphosa recently asked police minister Bheki Cele to keep him updated about farm attacks. This came just a few days after he had announced through his spokesperson that he was not going to comment on the crisis, given that commenting on it was the duty of the police and the ministry of police, not the president.”
“This is a particularly strange statement for a state president to make, for at least three reasons. It seems to suggest, firstly, that the president can only speak about topics that do not fall within the focus of any government department – which leaves him with pretty much nothing to talk about.”
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