AfriForum insists on rural safety plan

AfriForum has requested that national police commissioner Riah Phiyega implement a rural safety plan at grassroots level.

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 This comes in the wake of a wave of farm attacks since the beginning of 2014, which totaled more than 27 incidents.

“It is time for the SAPS leadership to take responsibility for the safety of South Africans in rural areas,” said Ian Cameron, AfriForum head of community safety.

According to AfriForum, the police are doing nothing to tackle the crisis in rural areas.

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“In Wallmansthal and Hammanskraal no Identikits have been composed. Three weeks after a series of attacks the police have done nothing to gather any information on the attackers’ appearance from the victims,” said Cameron.

“Phiyega must explain. At stations such as Hammanskraal, officers, especially executive officers, are incompetent and the community is punch-drunk. They live in fear."

AfriForum is in the process of organising a march to the Hammanskraal Police Station, and has started to establish security networks across the country to safeguard residents.