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
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