Farm attacks spike during lockdown

The Democratic Alliance in Gauteng is concerned about the rise in farm attacks in Onderstepoort in North of Tshwane. Courtesy of #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance is calling on the Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko, to urgently intervene in what the party believes is an increase in farm attacks.

This follows a number of attacks in the north of Tshwane being reported in the last 48 hours.

Meanwhile, the South African Police Services says police visibility in the area has been intensified.

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Residents of smallholdings are worried about the absence of community patrols during lockdown.

They say their lives are in great danger.

Community leaders have some suggestions.

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“What we request is that they put a fully fleshed police station in the centre of the ward which can then attend to all complaints in the rural safety areas," said Hannes Coetzee.

"It’s a massive area to cover.”

The police believe these are crimes of opportunity.

Officers say some of the suspects have been identified and are currently on their radar.


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