On 18 July 2019, during his reply to his budget vote debate, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in public that he condemns farm murders after the FF Plus asked him to do so various times in Parliament.
The FF Plus welcomes this statement seeing as it is important for the agricultural community to hear that the President condemns it. President Ramaphosa added that every single murder must be condemned. The FF Plus agrees with the statement seeing as every murder in our country is one too many.
The reason why the FF Plus requested the President, earlier during his SONA and with his budget vote debate earlier this week, to condemn farm murders in public is that the murder rate among farmers in the country is extraordinarily high.
Additionally, the attacks and murders of farmers are associated with excessive cruelty and torture. Thus, it must be distinguished from ordinary murders and crime.
The fact that the President has now condemned farm murders in public also shows that he is mature enough to correct himself as he said in New York that white farmers are not being targeted and murdered.
The FF Plus gladly accepts the President’s statements and will continue with talks to improve the safety of rural communities and will also keep trying to have farm murders declared a priority crime.
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Read the original article in Afrikaans by Dr Pieter Groenewald on FF Plus
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