ANC and DA will unite to fight farm murders, increase farm safety

ANC and DA will unite to fight farm murders, increase farm safety

- The DA and ANC in the Western Cape say they will team up to combat farm attacks

- Their proposals come in the wake of the murder of landowner Stefan Smit

- The provincial government has since announced measures to increase farm safety

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The ANC and DA have said they will work together to fight farm attacks and increase farm security.

On Wednesday, Cameron Dugmore, the ANC leader in the Western Cape provincial legislature, said that his party would not "make crime a party political issue".

He said he would urgently set up a meeting with Premier Alan Winde and Police Minister Bheki Cele regarding the issue of farm murders.

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Likewise, Alan Windie has also highlighted farm attacks as a major area of concern for his administration. He said murder in general was a crucial issue for the province, as there have been almost 2000 murders in the Western Cape in the last six months alone. 

Additionally, Ivan Meyer, the province's Agriculture MEC, says that the provincial government will do more to increase farm safety. This involves measures such as establishing rural safety units to patrol farming communities, according to IOL.

These bipartisan proposals come in the wake of the murder of Stefan Smit, the owner of Louiesenhof Wines on Sunday. Smit's death thrust the issue of farm attacks back into the national spotlight.

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Dugmore said that the attack "shocked us deeply". He added that that the ANC's shadow MECs for agriculture and community safety would be assisting police in bringing the perpetrators to justice, has gathered.

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