Stop Farm Murders

Implement Rural Safety Units NOW

Crime and violence threatens and dehumanises all people in farming and rural communities, irrespective of their race.

Recently, two people were heartlessly murdered on farms near Vryburg. Mr Patrick Itumeng was fatally shot on his farm, Friesland, outside Vryburg; and the body of Mrs Elsa Erasmus was found by her friends after an attacker abducted her on her farm between Amalia and Vryburg.

Every South African deserves to feel safe.

Sign the petition to see this plan tabled in Parliament!

We are calling on the South African Government to take action:

  1. Rural Safety Units must be implemented immediately – at least five rural units of approximately 20 members.
  2. Farm attacks must be classified as priority crimes so that more resources can be allocated to Rural Safety Units.
  3. Rural Safety Units must be permanently deployed to clearly identified crime “hotspots” on a rotating basis.
  4. Units must be trained to carry out undercover operations; road blocks; observation posts; and search and seizure operations, with rapid response capability, to allow for the swift apprehension of suspected criminals.
  5. A toll-free contact number must be made available for people in rural parts of South Africa so that they can report suspicious activity or threats.

Farming communities are at high risk. Data from the South African Institute for Race Relations shows that they are disproportionately vulnerable to violent crimes and robberies.

Enough is enough.

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Crime and violence threatens and dehumanises all people in farming and rural communities, irrespective of their race.

Recently, two people were heartlessly murdered on farms near Vryburg. Mr Patrick Itumeng was fatally shot on his farm, Friesland, outside Vryburg; and the body of Mrs Elsa Erasmus was found by her friends after an attacker abducted her on her farm between Amalia and Vryburg.

Every South African deserves to feel safe.

Sign the petition to see this plan tabled in Parliament!

We are calling on the South African Government to take action:

  1. Rural Safety Units must be implemented immediately – at least five rural units of approximately 20 members.
  2. Farm attacks must be classified as priority crimes so that more resources can be allocated to Rural Safety Units.
  3. Rural Safety Units must be permanently deployed to clearly identified crime “hotspots” on a rotating basis.
  4. Units must be trained to carry out undercover operations; road blocks; observation posts; and search and seizure operations, with rapid response capability, to allow for the swift apprehension of suspected criminals.
  5. A toll-free contact number must be made available for people in rural parts of South Africa so that they can report suspicious activity or threats.

Farming communities are at high risk. Data from the South African Institute for Race Relations shows that they are disproportionately vulnerable to violent crimes and robberies.

Enough is enough.