- The ACDP has slammed President Ramaphosa’s recent address at the UN in which he denied any land grabs or farm murders were taking place in the country
- ACDP leader Kenneth Meshoe demanded that Ramaphosa issue an apology to the entire farming and agricultural community in South Africa
- Meshoe said Ramaphosa’s blatant lies had eroded trust between farmers and the government
The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) has slammed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recent address at the United Nations (UN) in which he told global leaders that no farm murders or illegal land grabs were taking place in South Africa.
ACDP leader Kenneth Meshoe demanded that Ramaphosa issue an apology to the entire farming and agricultural community in South Africa for the blatant lie he had told at the UN. Meshoe said Ramaphosa had eroded trust between farmers and the government.
Meshoe questioned how farmers and ordinary South Africans could possibly trust Ramaphosa when he stood in front of the entire world and told blatant lies. Meshoe said Ramaphosa’s performance at the UN should be seen as a national disgrace.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Meshoe said the Presidency had tried to put a spin on the incident by saying Ramaphosa’s words were distorted and taken out of context but the fact remained that the statement showed an utter and complete lack of sympathy by Ramaphosa for the victims and their families of farm attacks and murders.
IOL.co.za reported that Meshoe pointed out that some victims of farm attacks were not killed but were subjected to brutal assault and even torture from assailants.
Meshoe said the economic and social cost caused by post-traumatic stress was indeterminable. His views were echoed by Agri SA who added that farmers had lost R7.7 billion last year as a direct result of attacks on farmers and farm workers.
Meshoe pointed out that the official crime statistics released by the SAPS and police minister Bheki Cele recently directly contradicted Ramaphosa’s UN statement.
The report clearly indicates that 62 farm murders were officially reported to police between the reporting period of April 2016 and March 2017. The report made it clear that South Africa is currently an incredibly violent country with over 19 000 reported murders.
Cele even pointed out that South Africa’s murder rate was akin to a country which was currently in a state of war.
Meshoe said it was clear the government was failing in its duty to protect the lives and properties of the citizens of the country which included farmers, farm workers and their families.
The ACDP leader asked Ramaphosa to ensure Cele received the necessary support to ensure the safety and security of those living and working in farming communities because they played a vital role in economic growth, job creation and food security.
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