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SA petitions Ramaphosa to take action against farm and rural attacks

The Democratic Alliance (DA) have received thousands of signatures petitioning President Cyril Ramaphosa to act on farm and rural attacks.

The growing number of attacks on people living in rural communities caused the DA to launch the campaign.

DA shadow minister for Economic Development, Ina Cilliers told News24 that there has been 184 farm attacks and 20 farm murders in South Africa since the start of the year.

Gauteng reported the highest number of attacks with 51.

A study on rural safety by the University of South Africa (UNISA) found that the agricultural sector had been affected severely due to the theft of livestock with R1.3-billion worth of theft in one year.

At the end of 2018 there were 29 000 cased of livestock theft reported.

The lack of political leadership and understaffed police stations in the hardest-hit rural areas are the reason for the increased attacks on farming communities.

The agricultural sector plays a major role in employment and food security contributes to the GDP.

Celliers said the government needs to intervene and ensure Rural Safety Units and SAPS are properly equipped to monitor areas by means of drones and other technology.