South Africa calls for an end to farm murders after white couple and their dog shot dead in KwaZulu-Natal

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South Africa’s Deputy President David Mabuza has called for an end to farm murders after Glen and Vida Rafferty were murdered on their farm in Normadien in KwaZulu-Natal over the weekend. 

Mabuza said he was shocked and dismayed by the brutally murders of the 63-year old man and his 60-year old wife.
 
Deputy President Mabuza has condemned violent attacks on farmers and people in rural farming communities, stressing the importance of the agricultural sector to the economy of South Africa. 
 
Deputy President Mabuza has called on all South Africans to value farmers and farm workers, and to be relentless in pursuit of a better country, wherein all people lived in dignity and at peace with one another. 
 
“This is what defines who we are as a nation and should be the guiding light within our communities. Even in difficult times, our prevailing challenges must not lead us to despair and to engage in all that is against our humanity as a people. We must remain resolute in building a better South Africa that values human life,” said Deputy President Mabuza.
 
The Deputy President will on Friday, September 4, 2020, convene the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Land Reform and Agriculture, in his capacity as the Chairperson of the Committee. The meeting will amongst others focus on the specific programmes aimed at curbing violent attacks on farmers, which has negative impact of food production and security.
 
“The lives of farmers, farm workers and farm dwellers as well as every citizen of the country, black and white, matters, it is for this reason that government will continue to work with the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster to ensure prevention as a priority in dealing with farm murders,” said Deputy President Mabuza.
 
Deputy President Mabuza further called on the police service to conduct thorough investigations and bring the perpetrators of these heinous crimes to book to ensure that justice is served for the victims. 
 

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