Outrage over Stellenbosch farm owner’s murder

Louisenhof farm along the R304 near Stellenbosch. Farm owner Stefan Smit was killed during a robbery. File photo: Henk Kruger African News Agency (ANA).

Cape Town – Farming organisations blamed “lawlessness” for the murder of Louisenhof Wine farm owner Stefan Smit in Stellenbosch.

Christo van der Rheede, Agri SA deputy executive director, said: “The agriculture sector is angry and disturbed by the continuous killings of farmers and farmworkers.”

He said Agri SA was appealing for effective measures to be put in place “to stop the culture of lawlessness that is affecting everyone from the Cape Flats to truckers on the highways to farmers, and farmworkers”.

Bennie van Zyl, general manager of the Transvaal Agricultural Union of SA said: “The lawlessness is an unacceptable situation. There is runaway crime everywhere, in townships, cities and farms.”

Agriculture MEC Ivan Meyer said, “An attack on a farmer or an agri worker is an attack on our rural economy and we must put a stop to this.

By IOL News.

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