Cru­cial news this March in Farmer’s Weekly

The spot­light in March was yet again on lis­te­rio­sis, with the source of the out­break fi­nally traced to an En­ter­prise Foods’ fac­tory in Polok­wane. The out­break of ra­bies in KwaZulu-Natal and other prov­inces is an­other loom­ing health cri­sis. Meanwhile, the

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - AGRIPULSE -

Com­mu­nity polic­ing has an im­por­tant role to play in com­bat­ing ru­ral crime, ac­cord­ing to Keith Mid­dle­ton, a farmer near Ja­cob­s­dal (FW, in the Free State 2 March).

Mid­dle­ton, who farms on the bor­der be­tween the North­ern Cape and the Free State, re­cently lost a Àock of 65 sheep and a gen­er­a­tor to

thieves. “Mem­bers of the Ritchie Polic­ing Fo­rum took over the case af­ter mem­bers of the lo­cal South African Po­lice Ser­vice [SAPS] were un­suc­cess­ful in ap­pre­hend­ing the cul­prits,” he said. Mid­dle­ton said the fo­rum was formed af­ter the crime rate in the area had in­creased alarm­ingly. Com­mu­nity mem­bers took it upon them­selves to ad­dress the mat­ter, and had been very suc­cess­ful so far.

His sheep and gen­er­a­tor were re­cov­ered in a mat­ter of days, he said. Ac­cord­ing to Free State Agri­cul­ture safety spe­cial­ist, Dr Jane Buys, it was clear that crime de­creased in towns and farm­ing ar­eas where the com­mu­nity worked hand-in-hand with the SAPS.

She cau­tioned that all com­mu­nity crime pre­ven­tion ini­tia­tives were, by law, re­quired to func­tion in con­junc­tion with SAPS.

Com­mu­nity in­volve­ment vital in ru­ral crime pre­ven­tion against sheep theft

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