Government committed to dealing with farm attacks: Mthembu

Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu says government is committed to dealing with farm attacks because failure to do so would threaten food security.  Cabinet met this week to discuss the latest developments in the country following widespread protests in Senekal in the Free State, among other things.

Mthembu briefed the media in Pretoria today on a number of issues that were discussed at the Cabinet meeting early this week. The latest developments which saw widespread protests in Senekal in the Free State is of concern for government, according to Mthembu.

Farm manager 21-year-old Brendin Horner was killed in Senekal, leading to public violence during the court appearance of the two suspects in the murder case.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)  also took to Senekal to express its unhappiness at what it called the vandalism of public property.

Mthembu says government is fast-tracking the implementation of the revised rural safety strategy to ensure that food security is not compromised.

“A threat,  not only to farmworkers and owners but also to the country’s food security. The government is fast-tracking the implementation of the revised rural safety strategy to respond to the security needs of rural communities and support socio-economic development. ”