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WC farm attacks prompt the implementation of rural safety plan

The Western Cape government has set up an inter-ministerial rural safety committee following another devastating attack on the provinces farmers.

A Stellenbosch wine farmer, Stefan Smit was shot dead last Sunday. Farmer Tool Wessels was killed and his wife, Liezel, 55, was tied up, stabbed and tortured with boiling water on their farm in Bonnievale.

According to AfriForum there have been 17 farm attacks reported since the beginning of the year in the Western Cape and four of them have ended in death.

EWN reported that the newly appointed Agriculture MEC Ivan Meyer had classified it as a crisis as not only are people’s lives in danger but it has an effect on the economy as around 45% of the country’s agricultural exports are supplied by the Western Cape.

Meyer said they want the national structures to establish a specialised SAPS rural safety unit who will put a safety plan into action.