The TAU SA Executive Committee is fed up with accusations that famers have stolen the land that belongs to them which leads to more voices demanding expropriation without compensation.
The TAU SA President, Mr Louis Meintjes, says that clarity should be obtained as soon as possible. “These continued vague accusations are frequently made but to date nobody has been able to support such claims with concrete evidence.
Therefore TAU SA has decided to offer a reward of R100,000 to anybody who could prove beyond reasonable doubt that any commercial farmer or member of TAU SA gained ownership in a way that constitutes theft,” said Mr Meintjes.
Mr Meintjes added that property rights provided stability which forms the basis of economic growth. “Without healthy property rights, all other rights will collapse. Irrespective of this, our property rights are seriously threatened by the “theft” accusation, whist no evidence exists that the land was ‘stolen”. All who believe in economic growth, job creation and poverty relief should stand together and oppose this serious threat forthcoming from popular lies. Do not allow the lie to determine our direction.”
The fact that the nearest farmers’ house was burnt in Coligny after two accused were allowed bail, is totally unacceptable and TAU SA demands that those guilty of arson, immediately by identified and arrested.
The President of TAU SA, Mr Louis Meintjes, says that such actions cannot be tolerated. “It is outrageous that a gang takes the law into their own hands, whilst the victim has no relation whatsoever with the court case. This boils down to absolute contempt of the criminal law system.”
Mr Meintjes demands that the police identify and arrest the perpetrators because they show no respect for the justice system, and therefore they should not be allowed to apply for bail.
In the meantime, government should take note that no law-abiding citizen needs to see their livelihood and property being threatened and destroyed, and should the instruments of state not be able to protect the law-abiding citizenry, the right of the latter to protect and defend life and property should be recognised.”
The criminal onslaught on farm dwellers is wide-ranging. Over and above the unacceptable high occurrence of murders which is regularly reported in the media, farmers are subjected to a wide range of other crimes. In this regard stock theft, theft of produce, equipment, tools and other input means, trespassing, arson and illegal occupation of land need to be emphasised.
TAU SA is regularly approached by a variety of representatives offering a wide range of products which could be utilised either as early warning systems or to prevent such crimes from occuring.
TAU SA is currently involved in compiling a survey of such technology which could be considered by farmers to provide such early warning or which could contribute to the protection of farm dwellers and their property.
Representatives of companies who are of the opinion that they stock products which will meet these requirements, are requested to provide TAU SA with more particulars about the utilisation of their products as well as price lists. Such information will be made available to farmers who could consider the various options to ensure improved safety and security measures.
The fact that the new minister of finance seems to be nonchalant about the country’s newly acquired junk status as well as the fact that president Zuma refuses to address the issue, is shocking and indicates an absolute ignorance of the impact thereof on consumers and the poor, says the President of TAU SA, Mr Louis Meintjes.
“When Mr Zuma announced the cabinet reshuffle, he mentioned that it was designed to promote radical economic transformation. It is now clear that the outcome thereof will definitely not benefit consumers and the poor”, says Mr Meintjes.
“TAU SA wishes to state it clearly that farmers can not be blamed for higher food prices as a result of South Africa’s junk status. Farmers refuse to accept responsibility for higher prices, after being blatantly accused of stealing their land.”
“Food prices will increase, but the blame for that should be directed squarely to Mr Zuma and his radical economic transformation plan. He and his government owe the people an explanation.”
The passion which the new Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula, displays for members of the police, is praiseworthy and it is quite appropriate that he recommends that fire should be met with fire. “This is the only way criminals in this country will get the message that their activities are doomed”, said Mr Henry Geldenhuys, Deputy President of TAU SA and Chairman of the union’s Safety and Security Committee.
“While we sympathise with the fact the members of the SAPS are killed in the execution of their duties, we wish to direct the Ministers’ attention to the fact that per capita, more farmers are murdered in South Africa, and that statistically speaking, being a farmer is more dangerous than being a member of the police.”
“Therefore we wish to suggest that the farming community and the police should support each other to their mutual interest, and that those involved in violent crimes should expect the same response should they choose to use violence against farm dwellers”, says Mr Geldenhuys.