The Democratic Alliance (DA) launched it’s 16 Point Plan in June, aiming to focus on farm attacks and murders. The ANC suddenly flipped its compassion switch, with Police Minister stating that farm attacks and murders are not top priorities.
According to DA, overnight ANC began to take an interest through Premiers and various Ministers, in the tortures and general horrors of South African farm attacks. They began to speak out against these atrocities.
“We almost believed them. One of the focus areas on our 16-point plan was to have farm attacks and murders declared to be Priority Crimes.
“This would guarantee the additional resources in terms of equipment and personnel to truly make a difference and bring down the daily attacks, and twice weekly murders on our farms and small holdings,” said DA.
In Parliament on the 18th August, the Minister of Police said in answer to a DA question (Q 311) related to their call to make farm attacks and murders National Priority Crimes.
“The Murder and Robbery unit and the Hawks will respond to, all attacks on farms and small holdings. He added that he had read out the list, and that attacks on farms and small holdings were on the list of Priority Crimes. That they were already a priority.
However, DA said in typical Cele fashion, he promptly contradicted himself just one month later, when speaking in KwaZulu-Natal. At an imbizo there, he said that farm attacks and murders would not be classified as priority crimes.
“It seems to this Minister, that farmers’ lives just don’t matter, that farmworkers’ lives just don’t matter, and that the lives of their families, their parents, spouses and children just don’t matter,” said DA.
In addition, DA said it is interesting to note that he didn’t hesitate, for example, to declare Cash-in-Transit heists to be Priority Crimes.
He took charge and suddenly, massive resources went towards ensuring that money being transported in trucks was given protection.