SAPS must remain vigilant as farmers and EFF members plan to descend on the Senekal Magistrate’s Court.
Peace-loving South Africans must refrain from making inflammatory statements and using words that might increase racial tensions in our country. The ACDP is on record for repeatedly condemning all forms of violence, regardless of where it comes from or who the perpetrators are.
We are also on record for condemning farm attacks and murders. These attacks, often accompanied by unspeakable acts of brutality, threaten food security in the country.
It is unfortunate that government has allowed a culture of violence to entrench itself in our country. People, who are frustrated by government inaction, whether it pertains to poor service delivery, gender-based violence, or crime in general, often resort to violent protests. This happens almost weekly, and happened, once again, in Senekal a few weeks ago.
Section 205(3) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, mandates government, particularly the SAPS to, inter-alia, protect and secure the inhabitants of the Republic and their property. This is the first major responsibility of any government worth its salt. Unfortunately, this is something the South African government has failed dismally to do, leaving many inhabitants to fend for themselves by taking the law into their own hands.
In a country where the conviction rate for rape is 9%, and for murder 15%, it is not surprising to hear people saying “enough is enough,” and resorting to unlawful acts to vent their frustration and anger over the high incidents of crime in our country.
Calls for violence and war in our country are irresponsible and should be punishable by law. Section 16(2) says the right to freedom of expression does not extend to (a) propaganda for war, (b) incitement of imminent violence, or (c) advocacy of hatred that is based on race, ethnicity, gender or religion, and that constitutes incitement to cause harm.
The ACDP calls on all the peace-loving South Africans to refrain from making inflammatory statements and from using words that might increase racial tensions in our country.
We also appeal to those who are planning to go to Senekal on Friday not to be tempted to take the law into their own hands.
The ACDP calls on the SAPS and other law enforcement agencies to remain vigilant, particularly on Friday when farmers and EFF members will be descending on the Senekal Magistrate’s Court where some farmers will be charged for participating in the chaos that resulted from among other things, the torching of a police vehicle.
Justice must be seen to be applied equally to all suspects in our nation regardless of their skin colour, ethnic or social background.
Lastly, the ACDP calls on all believers to pray for God’s intervention, repentance, peace, justice, forgiveness, reconciliation and healing of our divided nation as we are encouraged to do so in 2 Chronicles 7:14.
May the Lord God Almighty bless all the precious people of our beautiful land.
President Kenneth Meshoe. MP1