AgriSA, SAPS unite against crime

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The Min­istry of Po­lice and AgriSA will work to­gether to de­velop a plan of ac­tion to cre­ate safety in farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

“We must at­tend to farm killings as well as at­tacks… but equally, we must pre­vent any form of dis­rup­tion with re­gard to pro­duc­tion that takes place at the level of the farms,” Po­lice Min­is­ter Fik­ile Mbalula said.

The Min­is­ter and AgriSA met re­cently to dis­cuss the Na­tional Ru­ral Safety Strat­egy.

“We are go­ing to im­ple­ment the plan of ac­tion that we will de­vise and we are go­ing to make it pub­lic. Our pro­gramme of safety is to en­sure that there is safety in ru­ral ar­eas, or­der, and ac­ces­si­bil­ity to the po­lice in those ar­eas,” he said.

Once the plan has been put to­gether, it will be ap­proved by the Min­is­ter and a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing will be signed.

The plan will in­clude in­creased po­lice vis­i­bil­ity.The South African Po­lice Ser­vice has fur­ther com­mit­ted to sharpen its ap­proach to ru­ral safety and farm­ers must form an in­te­gral part of that ap­proach.

A to­tal of 1 181 po­lice re­servists have been en­rolled for train­ing and will be de­ployed across the ru­ral ar­eas.

Min­is­ter Mbalula said farm­ers must in­ter­act with the Na­tional Joint Op­er­a­tional and In­tel­li­gence Struc­ture (NATJOINTS) with re­gards to plan­ning, en­sur­ing pro­tec­tion and pre­vent­ing crime in all ar­eas.

“We have an obli­ga­tion to make sure that ev­ery­body's safety and se­cu­rity is guar­an­teed, as it is re­quired by the Con­sti­tu­tion,” he added.

AgriSA CEO Omri van Zyl said the Min­is­ter's com­mit­ment to im­ple­ment­ing a strat­egy that will see the SAPS and AgriSA work closely to­gether to ben­e­fit the farm­ers and farm­work­ers was en­cour­ag­ing.

“Our farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties are go­ing through tough times at the mo­ment and I think this part­ner­ship will help us to lift the spirit and the sense of se­cu­rity that we will have in our coun­try, in­clud­ing ru­ral ar­eas,” he said.

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