Translated: AfriForum and victims ask Human Rights Commission hearing on farm murders
By Nico Strydom on May 29, 2013
AfriForum Thursday, along with a victim whose husband was recently
murdered in a farm attack, submitted a complaint bundle to the South
African Human Rights Commission (HRC) with the request that the
commission initiate a formal public hearing on farm murders.
AfriForum asks that there should be specifically focused on the Police
Minister Nathi Mthethwa's “bother me not” attitude about this crime
phenomenon. AfriForum will specifically request that the commission sue
the minister to testify before the commission over its failure to act
against this type of crime. The complaint bundle consists of the
complaints of nine persons who have loved ones during farm murders.
Ernst Roets, Deputy CEO of AfriForum, explained that farm attacks are a
crisis, but that the minister and the police department not only
refuses to formulate a strategy against farm murders, but even deny that
it is a crisis. AfriForum earlier this year submitted letters from a
100 victims of farm attacks calling for intervention to Minister
Mthethwa. Before the letters reached the minister, his office issued a
press release dismissed the letters as a "publicity stunt".