Had it not been for the intervention of the DA’s Court Watching Briefs Unit, cases like that of Free State farmer Alison Oates may never have seen the inside of a courtroom, and Ms Oates would still be living in close proximity to one of her alleged attackers.
After intervention by the Unit, Ms Oates will hopefully finally get the justice she rightly deserves after a five-year struggle to see her attackers investigated, prosecuted and sentenced.
The DA is doing everything possible to pressure government into taking farm attacks and murders more seriously and implement our Rural Safety Plan as a matter of urgency. We have also:
- Referred hate speech social media posts glorifying farm murders to the Human Rights Commission for investigation.
- Written to President Ramaphosa calling on him to apologise for denying the fact that men and women in our rural areas are living in fear while still working 24/7 to feed our country, and imploring him to take urgent action against farm attacks and murders.
- Tabled a plan in Parliament that calls for Rural Safety Units to be implemented in the SAPS urgently, among other measures.