- Pieter Groenewald has slammed Cyril Ramaphosa's handling of farm safety
- He says the president has not done enough to combat farm attacks
- As a result, Groenewald called on farmers to protect themselves
FF+ leader Pieter Groenwald has said that government has turned its back on farmers at risk of farm attacks.
He made the remark on Tuesday during a joint sitting of the National Assembly to debate Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address.
"Farmers, you're on your own," Groenewald said.
Groenewald slammed Cyril Ramaphosa's handling of the issue of farm attacks, saying that the president has "no regard for farmers' well-being".
Additionally, Groenewald questioned why government had not done more to increase farm safety and clamp down on farm attacks. He pointed out that that the police established a special gang unit to deal with escalating gang crime, but has created no such unit to address farm attacks.
He called on farmers to protect themselves and their properties, suggesting that they organise together in self-defence, according to The South African. He said that farmers had the "constitutional right" to do so.
In his reply to Parliament, Cyril Ramaphosa did not speak about the issue of farm safety.
Farm attacks in South Africa remain a pervasive issue. According to AfriForum, there were 432 farm attacks in 2018 alone, resulting in 54 murders. However, farm murders make up only 0.3% of the murder rate in the country as a whole.
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