John Moodey MPL
Another gruesome farm attack and killing in the early hours of Sunday morning in the Olifantsfontein on the East Rand of Gauteng again underscores the need to prioritise rural safety in Gauteng. A farm foreman was killed and his employer critically wounded following the attack near Kempton Park.
Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane must back the DA’s rural safety policy as a blueprint for ensuring the safety of all people in rural Gauteng, which includes:
* a specialized Rural Safety Division within the police;
* a rural Intelligence Centre to monitor criminal activity;
* rural reaction units to respond to crimes; and
* support for police reservists and Community Policing Forums (CPFs).
Other areas such as Muldersdrift on the West Rand have also been hard hit by robberies and murders, with fed up community members labelling it as the “Wild West”.
The Provincial Government must reassure residents of rural Gauteng that it has a sound strategy to deal with increasing violent crimes in their area. The war on crime in Gauteng must not be merely confined to the major urban areas, a clear strategy to combat crime on the outskirts of the province is also needed.
The continued lack of a concrete rural safety plan has a dangerous impact on our rural communities and food security more generally. It is time for Mokonyane to act now and join the DA in fighting for the safety of all the people in Gauteng, including those in rural areas.