Dr. Pieter Mulder, leader of the Freedom Front Plus and other leaders of the FF Plus, had put the spotlight on farm murders, affirmative action and land reform during an election meeting in Ermelo on Saturday 5 April and once again showed that the party had the “golden formula’ to protect and promote the interests of minorities.
Dr. Mulder, Adv. Anton Alberts (MP), Mr. Wouter Wessels (national youth leader) Mr. Pieter Vorster and Dr. Lourie Bosman addressed a nearly packed hall on the show grounds of the town and spoke about issues which especially affect farmers.
Dr. Mulder referred to the recent incident near Ermelo where an old farmer was cruelly murdered on his farm and once again called on government to declare farm murders a priority crime.
“The murder near Ermelo once again shows the degree of cruelty which accompanies these attacks. In so many cases nothing is even stolen. This undoubtedly begs the question whether crime was really the motive for the majority of these attacks.
“In South Africa, it is twice as more likely that a farmer rather than a policeman will be murdered and the time has come for serious steps to be taken in this regard, Dr. Mulder said.
Dr. Bosman took on the DA about that party’s support for the re-opening of land claims. He pointed out that he had seriously objected in the DA caucus against the DA’s sudden support for the new land claims process.
“Only when there was clearly great dissatisfaction from the side of the agricultural sector, did the DA made a bogus effort to cover its support by proposing that the claims process should only last one year and not five years.
“They do not fool anybody with this. Whether the expected number of claims is to be instituted over one or five years is irrelevant. It will take equally long to finalise it and the damage it will cause will be equally big.
“It will seriously threaten agricultural activities and food security. If the DA was really serious about amending the ANC’s proposals, they should have done it in the relevant portfolio committee already. They were silent then,” Dr. Bosman said.
Mr. Pieter Vorster pointed out that South Africa is a country of minorities and said that the FF Plus has the “golden formula” which promotes the rights and interests of minority communities, in conjunction with the national interest.
He said that the FF Plus finds itself on the moral high ground with this approach and offers a political home to all who subscribe to the “winning formula”.
Mr. Wessels shone the light on affirmative action and pointed out how, especially, brown and white youths are harmed by it. He asked how people could still vote for a party who supports affirmative action and in so doing harm themselves.
Adv. Alberts in turn spoke amongst others about the FF Plus’ huge claim of approximately R80 million in a class action case against Transnet and said the case will be heard by the court in due course.
The FF Plus is acting on behalf of thousands of pensioners of Transnet who have been plunged into great misery due to Transnet’s management of their pension fund.
Dr. Lourie Bosman is a former DA parliamentarian and president of Agri-SA and is currently a candidate for the FF Plus. Mr. Pieter Vorster is the former chairperson of the Afrikanerbond and also a candidate for the FF Plus.
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