25 June 2018 – While the Minister of Police is currently in the Western Cape to pay attention to murders related to taxi violence, Agri Western Cape urgently requests a meeting with him to hear why the SAPS rural safety plan is still failing to protect farmers and residents of rural areas. A Stellenbosch producer was one of three farmers murdered in the country over the weekend. Agri Western Cape also wants Minister Bheki Cele to urgently make more resources available to the Western Cape to implement the SAPS’s rural safety plan properly, and to take the same strong position on farm murders as he did over taxi violence related murders over the weekend.
Mr Carl Opperman, CEO of Agri Western Cape, says criminals are running rife while law abiding citizens are victims of violent crimes daily. “Thirteen taxi related murders in one week are too much. Three farm murders are too much. Criminals are having a field day in South Africa,” he says.
Agri Western Cape hereby expresses our deepest sympathy to the relatives, colleagues, family and friends of Mr Jeffrey Zetler, who was murdered on his farm in Stellenbosch on Saturday, and to the family and friends of Mr Kallie Schoonraad from Rustenburg and Mr Peter Dawson of Broederstroom.