The Democratic Alliance has placed farm murders at the feet of Mosiuoa Lekota, who had disbanded the commando system while he was defence minister. COPE has come to its leader's defence, making reference to 'swart gevaar'.
The Democratic Alliance's Chief Whip, John Steenhuisen, recently blamed Mosiuoa Lekota for being responsible for attacks on farms.
Steenhuisen, who had been on the campaign trail promoting his party, said that the DA had a rural safety strategy that would fill the 'massive vacuum' that had been left in security when the commando system had been disbanded by Lekota, who had been Minister of Defence at the time.
Steenhuisen said that a new system had been promised, but Lekota had failed to implement it, according to IOL.
COPE was understandably irked by the comments, which they labelled as identical to the 'swart gevaar' tactics formerly employed by the National Party to retain control over white voters.
Dennis Bloem, spokesperson for COPE, accused Steenhuisen's claims of being disingenuous and dishonest, amounting to political thuggery:
“The Constitution made the formation of any paramilitary force unlawful in South Africa, and not Mr Lekota."
Bloem further encouraged civilians to join the SAPS and become reservists to participate in the fight against crime.
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