The IFP in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature believes that the KwaZulu-Natal government has failed dismally to protect its citizens against raging criminality. This province has become a haven for criminal activities and atrocities such as GBV, the killing of izinduna and amakhosi, and now, the killing of farmers. The IFP feels that perhaps it might be time to seek external intervention.
We are horrified by the murder of a Canelands farmer, Manna Naidoo, whose bloodied body was discovered today in a sugarcane field in the vicinity of his homestead, after he went missing yesterday. The body of the 74-year-old former Mayor allegedly bore multiple gunshots wounds.
The IFP calls for the police to leave no stone unturned in their investigation. We believe that solving – and preventing – farm killings should be classified as urgent, as farming is essential to food security. With famers already affected by floods, and soaring fuel prices, this incident adds further salt to their wounds.
This incident will not only set alarm bells ringing amongst budding farmers but could discourage youngsters from joining the farming industry. We call upon Hon. Bongi Sithole Moloi to put preventive measures in place, instead of being reactive when disaster strikes. Media briefings and talk shops have proven to be ineffective. Now is the time to wage war against criminals who are terrorising our farmers.
Hon. Thokozile Gumede, MPL
Member of the Agricultural and Rural Development Portfolio Committee
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