Explainer: How does Western Cape plan on dealing with farm murders?

Explainer: How does Western Cape plan on dealing with farm murders?

- The Western Cape government has vowed to do more to stop farm attacks

- This comes after the murder of land owner, Stefan Smit

- Additionally, some have criticised Ramaphosa for failing to deliver on some of his promises regarding farm security

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Following the murder of land owner, Stefan Smit, the Western Cape government has vowed to do more to combat farm attacks.

Their proposals include introducing specialised rural police units, as well as ensuring that the NPA does more to prosecute those suspected of such attacks.

These were among the policy promises put forward on Monday during a press conference held by Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Ivan Meyer.

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With 62 confirmed incidents in 2018 alone, farm murders continue to be a major problem in South Africa. The latest in such attacks  -  the murder of Stefan Smit on his property - has gripped national headlines.

Additionally, it has prompted some to criticise President Cyril Ramaphosa for not delivering on his promises to boost farm security.

While action on the issue remains slow, even at the provincial level, the Western Cape government had unveiled ambitious plans to increase farm safety and guard against farm attacks.

These include establishing a Rural Safety Priority Inter-Ministerial Committee as well as petitioning against bail for suspects in farm attack cases, according to The South African.

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"We cannot tolerate attacks on our farmers, agricultural workers and communities," said Albert Fritz during the press briefing. 

Fritz is the Western Cape Minister for Community Safety, Briefly.co.za has gathered.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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