Rural safety strategy meeting, farm attacks, farm crime, Delareyville

South African Police Service

Rural safety strategy meeting, farm attacks, farm crime, Delareyville
Rural safety strategy meeting, farm attacks, farm crime, Delareyville. Photo: SAPS

As part of ensuring safety and security at rural areas in accordance with Rural Safety Strategy, a crime awareness campaign was held on Friday, 23 March 2018 in Delareyville near Vryburg.

The activity which was aimed at raising awareness about rural safety within Mahikeng Cluster, which Delareyville falls under, was attended by South African Police Service (SAPS) management led by the Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant Baile Motswenyane.

It was also graced by Tswaing Local Municipality Executive Mayor, Councillor Dimakatso Malwane who delivered a welcome address. The activity also attended by Community Policing Forum (CPF) and farmers unions’ representatives, farmers, farmworkers and members of SAPS.

In his message, the Provincial Chairperson of CPF, Mr Ngamlane indicated that police community relationship is important and that there is a need for accountability of the police to the community. It was during the activity that Mr Kobus Visser of AgriSA made a presentation about farmers Rural Safety Strategy. He also mentioned that the farmers are working together with the police to ensure safety at rural places including farms. He also highlighted protocol relating to access to farms.

Upon responding to questions raised by the audience and delivering her message, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane indicated that the venue was chosen for the activity that is still going to take place at clusters, due to incidents of farm attacks that were reported in Delareyville, Sannieshof and surrounding areas.

She said that the police management is concerned about crime at farms especially stock theft. She said further that farming plays a vital role in food security and that stock theft has been prioritised and will get necessary attention including through Operation Fiela II.

She urged the farming community to work together with the police through station activation plans as that can lead to immediate arrests after commission of crimes.

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