They want to go to bed knowing that criminals lurking around outside their

They want to go to bed knowing that criminals lurking

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They want to go to bed knowing that criminals lurking around outside their homes will get caught and that they will be locked up. Surely this is not too much for them to ask. The fact that
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 273 there was absolutely no mention of rural safety in the state of the nation address demonstrates just how out of touch this ANC- led government is and how little it cares about rural safety. In KwaMlaza village in the Port St Johns Municipality, for example, violent crime has led to villagers fleeing their homes after nine people, eight of them women, have been hacked to death or raped and then killed in the past five years with no single prosecution. In this village the people have given up hope in the police who appear to operate on a catch and release basis – allowing violent criminals to walk amongst their victims. Every other day we read about our farmers, our farm workers and their families being brutally attacked, and more often than not, tortured by violent criminals. In May this year, Tool and Liezel Wessels were attacked on their farm in Bonnievale. Boiling water was poured over her and she was made to watch as her husband was stabbed to death. Your deafening silence on the violence committed in rural communities
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 274 across our country is simply unacceptable, Mr President. Not one reference to rural safety. It is time for bold action to tackle crime and rural safety now. We do not have another 10 years. Chairperson, we can, however, turn the tide on the rural crime wave sweeping our nation if we act now. The DA has a rural safety plan which can restore hope and order to the most isolated and vulnerable communities: from the commercial farm in Viljoenskroon to the rural village outside Keiskamahoek. It is a plan that focuses on building a modern police force equipped with the necessary knowledge and resources to deploy cutting edge technology in the fight against crime. We believe that the deployment of drones with heat sensing technology into mountainous rural communities will assist in tracking down criminals and helping police to bring them to book. This is not a 10 year plan, Mr President, this technology is available today to be deployed tomorrow. [Applause.] We believe that by establishing rural community policing units, with community members trained as rural reservists, policing
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 275 capacity will be bolstered in some of the most isolated regions of our country. The DA’s plan offers real tangible solutions to curb this rampant tide of rural crime. Chairperson, South Africans deserve an honest and professional police service. A police service they can trust, led by men and women of integrity who are well trained and resourced to keep our citizens safe.
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