Farm attacks: more reservists needed

SAPS cluster commander Col. Trevor May (left) and Barkly East SAPS station commissioner Capt. Leon Reynders, with the leader of the DA in the Eastern Cape, Athol Trollip.

SAPS cluster commander Col. Trevor May (left) and Barkly East SAPS station commissioner Capt. Leon Reynders, with the leader of the DA in the Eastern Cape, Athol Trollip.

More reservists are needed to help the South African Police Service in fighting crime in rural areas. Visible policing is a known crime deterrent.

Annette Steyn, DA Shadow Minister of Agriculture and I visited Barkly East today (subs: Wednesday, 22 January) following the murder last week of Mr. Sarel Pretorius of the farm Roodepoort. This attack was clearly a criminal act and in no way politically motivated.

The DA commends the excellent reactionary policing provided by the SAPS in Barkly East in the speedy apprehension of suspects in this murder. The SAPS also performed sterling work last year in the apprehension of suspects for the murder in October of Frans-David and Ralie de Villiers of the farm Broadlands.

During meetings with the SAPS and the local farmer’s association it became evident that the police in this area are desperately under-resourced. What is needed is more police reservists to assist the SAPS on the ground.

Furthermore, better co-operation is needed between the SAPS and the Department of Justice to ensure that a backlog of court cases is addressed.

The DA will be visiting the Pretorius-family this afternoon.