TLU SA awaits official statement on farm attacks from President Ramaphosa

Agricultural union TLU SA said it had taken note of media reports stating President Cyril Ramaphosa wants to stay informed about farm attacks.

Protesters pray during a ‘Stop the Farm Killings’ demonstration in Green Point, Cape Town in 2017 Picture: Ruvan Boshoff

“Unfortunately, his remarks are just something said in a private conversation between the president and an individual (Dan Kriek of AgriSA) and not an official statement,” said Bertus van der Westhuizen, chairperson of TLU SA Free State in a statement yesterday.

“Mr Kriek is not the president’s official spokesperson. Only a public and official statement from the office of the president or directly from him will be acceptable to us.”

TLU SA this past month sent an open letter to the president and in it requested him to release a statement in which he condemns crime and specifically farm attacks.

“That has not happened yet,” said Van der Westhuizen. “As long as he is too cautious to take a stand condemning these brutal crimes, we will stay negative against his and the government’s attitude concerning farm attacks, murder and crime in general.”

TLU SA is of the opinion that Ramaphosa should take an official and public stance in order to be measured against his promises and intentions.

“Not only farmers but all residents in the country, are currently as vulnerable as a pigeon on a telephone pole,” said Van der Westhuizen. “As president, Mr Ramaphosa should, in the interest of the country, display his statesmanship in public by voicing his concerns regarding the crime situation.

“Thank you, Mr Kriek, for your good intentions, but this is not how we at TLU SA want to be informed of the president’s stance. Only a public statement through the official channels of the president or his office will suffice.”

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