The economy can only grow if crime is stopped
It is with grave concern that TAU SA has taken note of the latest crime figures released last week.
TAU SA depends on reports by members and the media to keep their crime database updated. It is necessary that crime statistics should be made available as accurately as possible in order to fight crime. TAU SA sent a letter to the Minister of SAPS on February 3, 2017 and to the Acting National Police Commissioner on January 12, 2017 requesting that statistics should be aligned. To date no response has been received. For the period 1 April 2016 - 31 December 2016 (Beeld March 4, 2017) TAU SA recorded 53 confirmed murders against the 47 on the SAPS list.
An even more serious concern is that the figures from last year are used, while almost every South African is aware of the wave of murders and other violent crimes, often arising from protests, during the first few months of this year.
"It is evident that government is quite neutral about the ever-rising crime and that it is not regarded as a priority," said. Louis Meintjes, President of TAU SA. "In contrast, there is an almost hysterical attention being given to the so-called radical economic transformation, with land and property rights at its core. It is no longer a secret that a possible constitutional change to enable land theft without compensation is on the government's agenda.
"But what the government does not realise is that no economic transformation will succeed unless it is done according to certain determined principles and with measures put in place," said Mr. Meintjes. Whatever is done regarding the economy, should be sustainable. "To take from one to give to another, has never been sustainable anywhere as world history has shown. It will also not be sustainable in South Africa. As long as the country is experiencing the current spirit of lawlessness, worsened by the cancer of corruption, any change would only be to benefit the already corrupt, to the detriment of the real poor. "
TAU SA suggests that, before we look at so-called radical economic transformation, attention should be given to the following:
TAU SA demands the dismissal of Deputy Minister Dlodlo
President Jacob Zuma should immediately fire his Deputy Minister for Public Service and Administration, Ayanda Dlodlo for making false statements about land ownership and in the process a creating a dangerous climate for the landowners of South Africa.
This demand is made by Mr Louis Meintjes, President of TAU SA, following comments made by Dlodlo at the land summit of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban.
Dlodlo said in her speech at the summit that the ANC must use its majority to expropriate land without compensation, because "it was stolen in the first place." She delivered the speech on behalf of the ANC.
"President Zuma has to state clearly whether he, as leader of the ANC, has adopted that opinion, which will mean that the Constitutional provision that no property can be expropriated without compensation will be made irrelevant. "Circumventing this provision means that the ANC will regard the rest of the Constitution as worthless too", said Mr Meintjes. He said it has been suspected that the ANC does not hold the Constitution in high regard in stead favouring the Freedom Charter's provisions, read together with their National Democratic Revolution (NDR).
"Our farmers are fed up with being called criminals who stole the land. All of us have title deeds and paid for the land. For each land transaction the government gets its part in duties and taxes, while the often corrupt local authorities continue to milk the farmers for the land tax. Therefore farmers do not have to tolerate any of these false accusations anymore and this is why we firstly insist on the dishonourable dismissal of Dlodlo," said Mr Meintjes.
Mr Meintjes also indicated that TAU SA will order its legal team to investigate the possibility of further actions against Dlodlo. "Anyone who makes an accusation must be able to prove it, and Dlodlo, and by implication the ANC, have to table their proof that the land was stolen."
Mr Meintjes warned that Dlodlo's comments, along with those of the Minister of Land Affairs Gugile Nkwinti should not be taken lightly. Nkwinti declared in Parliament that radical socio-economic transformation in relation to land reform has to take place by "fundamental change - uprooting the current order." Mr Meintjes said this is nothing but a revolution that will lead to total anarchy, in which the government can do whatever it wants without regard to the Constitution. Government is already creating the climate for this.
Mr Louis Meintjes, President of TAU SA, accused president Jacob Zuma and his government that they do not have the political will to take care of the farming community's safety.
Mr Meintjes also accused President Zuma of betraying the agricultural community which is a strategically important component that can ensure stability by being the providers of food on everyone's table. Government has failed with community safety on farms.
During the first 14 days of the second month of the year 11 people have already been killed on farms - almost one murder per day.
TAU SA insists that the government cannot sidestep its constitutional obligation to ensure the safety of its citizens. This includes the agricultural community, says Mr Meintjes.
The country is currently on the verge of being classified as economic junk status. "The government must create a climate in which the private sector will invest with confidence. The Zuma government is failing miserably in this, as it is failing miserably in its obligation to keep the community safe," says Mr Meintjes.
The safety conditions in South Africa is unacceptable and fundamentally corrupted by the ANC government whose only policy is the continuation of the "struggle", which amounts in practice to the survival and enrichment of government officials and their cronies, instead of governing the country to the benefit of all. "The example that the government sets and allows others to make is indeed an encouragement for anyone just to take what they want, where they want, even if it is a person's life. Farmers nowadays have to rely largely on their own devices for their safety, while politicians go out of their way to provide sufficient safety mechanisms for themselves, even by deploying the SANDF in this regard.
Mr Meintjes challenged president Zuma to state his position on the unacceptable levels of farm murders clearly and in no uncertain terms, and also to spell out clearly what the government's immediate course of action is to stop the infringement of the right of life of farmers.
"The agricultural community has no alternative but to mobilize itself to fight the terrorism being committed against them in kind. Our farmers refuse to be taken off their farms in green bags while the criminals get their freedom by bail within days and are paraded as heroes in their communities. The farmers' emotions are running high, and many feel that they have almost nothing more to lose and are therefore prepared to go to extremes to at least defend their own lives and those of their relatives with everything at their disposal," said Mr Meintjes. "Only the government is to blame for this explosive situation."
TAU SA and its members are looking forward to 2017, says Mr Louis Meintjes, President of TAU SA.
Even though there are dark clouds on the horizon, it must also be accepted that each cloud could have a silver edge. TAU SA wishes to focus on similar silver edges looking for ways and means to transform similar edges to shining light.
Whereas life determines that people and organisations come and go, agriculture should be regarded as an everlasting activity. As long as people dwell on earth, the requirement for food on the table will remain.
TAU SA does not regard itself as immortal, but in 2017 TAU SA proudly celebrates its 120 years of existence and being part of that one crucial business which produces food. In this regard we will continue to make a contribution by protecting the interests of commercial farmers.
As in the previous 119 years, this will again be our mission and in that spirit we wish all farmers in the country success for 2017 emphasising that we need to look up, not only to where the rain comes from, but also our spiritual sustenance.
It is going reasonably well under circumstances with Mr. Joe Astle, who was seriously injured on Christmas Day during a farm attack on his grandfather's farm in Leeudoringstad. He and his mother were shot in the incident, while his grandparents were also injured quite seriously.
After TAU SA has been requested by its own members as well as members of the public, it made its Trauma Fund available to receive donations for Mr. Astle and his family.
After Mr. Theunis Kruger, TAU SA's chairman in the Western Region, had a meeting with Mr. Astle's family it was agreed that all funds will be paid into the trust account that has been created for this purpose.
Donations can still be made into TAU SA’s Trauma since it is a known account and there are many people who prefer to work through TAU SA. However, all funds will be transferred into the trust account for Mr. Astle without withholding any administrative or other fees.
Currently it is not known what will be the medical costs, and at this stage it is not yet known what the amount of donations is as different groups have been lobbying to raise money for Mr. Astle's medical costs.
If it appears that more money would be donated than the medical expenses of Mr. Astle and his family would be, TAU SA proposed that the remainder can be transferred into an envisaged national fund that will be used to help victims of farm attacks who cannot afford private hospitalization. However, this is something to consider for the future, says Mr Henry Geldenhuys, TAU SA' s vice president and chairman of the Security Committee.
Meanwhile, direct payments can be made in a trust account with the following details:
Schweizer Kliënte Dienste
ABSA Trust Account No. 123 074 1006
Branch code: 334439
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