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Shocking attack on farmer from Ceres in the Cold Bokkeveld

The FF Plus strongly condemns the incident in which a farmer was attacked and seriously injured on Monday near Ceres in the Cold Bokkeveld and calls on the police to do everything in their power to capture the perpetrators as soon as possible, says Dr Corné Mulder, leader of the FF Plus in the Western Cape.

During the incident, a group of men allegedly forced Mr IW van der Merwe to open the safe of his roadside stall and then they proceeded to assault him, he was also stabbed with a knife numerous times.

The suspicion is that Mr van der Merwe was attacked by a group of seasonal workers from Lesotho who fled after the attack.

For safety reasons, Dr Mulder called on farmers to make use of the local labour force as far as possible seeing as the local workers are recognized in the region and they cannot easily flee to other parts of the country, or even cross the border to another country, after committing a crime.

“The FF Plus also wants to warn farmers in the province to remain vigilant as farm attacks can occur anywhere in the country. Although the incidence of farm attacks and murders is a lot lower in the Western Cape, it doesn’t mean that it can’t happen there too.

“The party wishes Mr Van der Merwe a speedy recovery,” says Dr Mulder.

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