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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".

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