FF Plus welcomes HRC’s report on farm murders

2015-08-21
Dr Pieter Groenewald

The FF Plus welcomes the report on farm murders the Human Rights Commission (HRC) released today,” Dr. Pieter Groenewald, the FF Plus’ chief spokesperson on Police said.

Dr. Groenewald says the report also refers to the previous two reports on farm murders and gives a summary of farm security in South Africa.

According to Dr. Groenewald the HRC’s report gives recognition to various aspects of the FF Plus’ submission to the commission. One of these is that attention should be given to the fact that not only white people are murdered on farms.

He said that various recommendations have been made and the report will now be submitted to Parliament as that of a Section 9 institution.

“I have undertaken to request the portfolio committee on Police to treat the recommendations in the report in the same way as the recommendations of the Farlam Commission had been treated, where the committee discussed it after which the minister will have to provide feed back about the implementation of the recommendations.

“It is important that it is done in this way as it touches on various aspects of steps that the Police have to take. One of the most important is that a rural safety summit should must be held.

“The FF Plus had submitted written proposals about farm murders to the 2003 commission, as it did now again. The lesson learnt previopusly was that it is easy to make recommendations, but that it is not enforced without the necessary political will. The FF Plus is worried about this and will monitor the process.

“Although the HRC gave instructions that regular reports should be provided about its recommendations, as progress is made with regards to aspects such as crime analysis, a singular criticism is that it is not explicitly required of the Police to release police statistics on attacks and murders on farms,” Dr. Groenewald said.

 

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