By SP Motswenyane (MP), DA North West Community Safety Spokesperson:
The Democratic Alliance in the North West welcomes the sentencing of Joseph Papi Hala who was found guilty of murdering farmer Johan Van Rensburg in Leeudoringstad in 2014.
Hala was sentenced to 15years imprisonment; the DA applauds the police in their investigation to see that justice was served.
The DA is however concerned with the growing number of farm attacks, it has been reported that in 2015 there have been 116 farm attacks and 27 farm murders.
The Agricultural sector plays an important role in South Africa’s economic growth and job creation especially in the development of rural areas.
North West is a predominantly rural farming area, the DA is concerned with the lack of urgency shown by government to properly combat these attacks.
The high level of farm attacks and murders further emphasizes the need to re-establish specialised units to tackle specific crimes. The DA calls on the MEC for Community Safety Mr Gaoage Molapisi to establish a specialised unit to deal with the unacceptable level of crime and violence in rural areas.
For the agricultural sector to flourish and attract investors government needs to create a safe conducive environment for farmers to work in.
The DA’s vision is to keep rural communities and their property safe.