President and Minister’s silence on farm murders denounced as “unacceptable”


President Cyril Ramaphosa and Minister of Police Bheki Cele’s silence on the recent spate of farm murders this last weekend has been denounced as “unacceptable” by the Freedom Front Plus.

FF Plus leader Pieter Groenewald will be writing to the president to request a commission of inquiry into the farm murders be appointed. He will also request a meeting with the Minister of Police to have farm murders treated as a priority.

Over the weekend, Jeffrey Zetler, 62, of the farm Mooiberge outside Stellenbosch; Kallie Schoonraad, 47 from Rustenburg and Peter Dawson, 64 from Hartbeespoort were murdered on their farms.

The FF Plus leader called out the president and police minister, saying they were both quick to offer condolences during the recent mosque attacks, even appointing a presidential commission of inquiry to investigate, but have not said anything about the weekend’s attacks.

He also reminded the police minister of a statement he recently made, saying that robberies at residential premises would form part of the trio of crimes that are priority for the police.

“The FF Plus believes that a farm attack, as well as a farm murder, fall in the same category as robberies at homes in towns or cities and should, therefore, also be a priority for the police,” Groenewald said in a statement.

“The FF Plus offers its condolences to the families of the murdered farmers and the party will continue to fight to make the government realise that it is of the utmost importance that farm murders must be effectively combated,” he concluded.