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SARU asked to condemn farm attacks

Farm attacks are a national concern and therefore the FF Plus sent an appeal to the South African Rugby Union (SARU) requesting that the national team wear a white ribbon on Saturday during their test match against New Zealand in a show of solidarity with the South African agricultural community, says Dr Pieter Groenewald, leader of the FF Plus.

In his request to SARU, Dr Groenewald points out that earlier this year, farm attacks and murders were debated in parliament as a matter of urgent national interest. He adds that these attacks and murders can jeopardize food security and that that will have a direct impact on all South African citizens, both black and white.

According to Dr Groenewald, the latest statistics indicate that more than 60 people have been killed in more than 277 farm attacks since January this year. That is a lot more than the 50 people that were killed in 457 farm attacks last year and we are only in October.

“Nobody in South Africa can deny the fact that the agricultural community is in dire straits. Even the Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula (coincidentally also the former Minister of Sport), recently acknowledged that rural safety needs to be prioritised in an attempt to protect farmers.

“The FF Plus therefore requests that everyone in South Africa wear a white ribbon on Saturday, irrespective of their political view.

“It is to show that this campaign has nothing to do with politics, it is merely the acknowledgement that a group of people, which is essential for the successful continued existence of our country and its people, are under attack and needs everyone’s support,” says Dr Groenewald.

 

Contact numbers: 083 627 4397 / 065 801 7216

Here follows the request to SARU:

 

TO: The President

SA Rugby (SARU)

Mark Alexander

 

Cc: The Chief Executive Officer

SA Rugby (SARU)

Jurie Roux

 

By e-mail: ronel@sarugby.co.za

 

Dear Mr. Alexander

 

White Ribbons against Farm Attacks

As you are aware, farm attacks and farm murders are a national concern. Earlier this year a debate in Parliament on farm murders took place as a matter of urgent national interest. In South Africa, there have been more than 277 attacks in which more than 60 people were killed since January 2017.

According to Police statistics during 2016, 50 farmers were murdered in 457 farm attacks. This amounted to more than one farm attack per day.

Recently the South African government in the form of the Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula, indicated that the police will prioritise rural safety in an effort to end farm attacks in rural areas. He also confirmed the importance of our farmers to ensure food security in South Africa.

Regarding the aforementioned facts, it is clear that farm attacks represent a serious threat towards the safety, security and livelihoods of our farmers and farm workers, who contribute to the food security of the country.

You will agree that farm attacks and murders are a ticking time bomb that not only needs urgent attention from government but remains a social problem that needs to be brought under the attention of a country that cannot afford to lose one farmer in terms of food security and job creation.

Considering that farmers also represent a mayor support-base of SA rugby as well as the Springbok team, I wish to request officially that the Springboks wear white ribbons/bands on their arms during the forthcoming Champions Trophy match in Cape Town on Saturday, 7 October 2017 in support of efforts to stop farm attacks and murders.

Furthermore, the Freedom Front Plus also requests SARU to encourage Springbok Supporters who attend the match to do the same in support of the concerted campaigns against rural attacks.

I trust SA Rugby will kindly consider this request favourably.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Dr Pieter Groenewald, MP

Leader of the Freedom Front Plus.

Cell : 083 627 4397

 

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