TLU SA believes that every resident of South Africa has the right to live in freedom from violence and therefore Mr Henry Geldenhuys, TLU SA President wrote a letter to the country’s president to remind him of his responsibility towards South Africans.
In a strongly worded letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa, Mr Geldenhuys focuses on the two main responsibilities of the state: to ensure residents’ safety and to create a policy environment where the private sector wants to get involved.
Although Mr Geldenhuys addresses with various examples the policy environment that the ANC created, his focus is – with the increase in farm attacks and murders and the brutality of the attacks – on security.
“With 70 murders a day, residents’ safety is certainly not looked after. The government is too soft on crime and criminals and therefore it is out of control,” says Mr Geldenhuys.
“I don’t have enough hands to count how many times the implementation of the Rural Security Strategy has been talked about since 2018. South Africans have the right to freedom from violence, but we are moving further and further away from this, and the reality is that a large part of the population lives in fear. The SAPS is also failing in its calling to protect our citizens. The reality is that farmers must accept responsibility for their own safety, that of their families and workers.”
TLU SA wants to see that leaders are held accountable.
“We can’t just sit and watch any longer. And our country’s president can no longer do that either. He can no longer just watch. South Africa and its inhabitants are bleeding. With the letter, I demand that Ramaphosa put the country and its residents first. We demand it in terms of that which the country’s Constitution promises its residents, and we demand that for once he stops double-talking to his audiences and actually does his duty as the Constitution also requires of the head of state.”
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