Community members in Northern KwaZulu-Natal have called for a stop to the repeated killing of white farmers. The locals say brutal farm attacks are robbing people of their livelihoods.
After the brutal murders of Billy Van Rooyen and his father-in-law Ronnie Lombard, the community members of Zwathi in Vryheid, northern KwaZulu-Natal, took to the streets, saying “enough is enough”.
The barbaric attack on the Van Rooyen family in April left the entire Vryheid community in shock.
Last month, 15 attackers armed with AK47s converged on the Van Rooyen home in the Swart Umfolozi area shortly after 8pm on April 18 and opened fire on the family.
Local farmer Billy Van Rooyen (37) was shot in the chest when he stepped outside to investigate why his dogs had started barking. As many as 50 shots were allegedly fired at the Van Rooyen home.
The suspects robbed the injured victims of cash, before fleeing the scene.
Community members can no longer bear this blatant disregard for human life. They marched to the Gluckstadt police station to hand over a memorandum regarding their concerns over the rise in crime in their area.
The main issue raised in their memorandum was that of the killing of white farmers, which in turn has a negative influence on the community’s infrastructure.
Community members claim to be living in constant fear as this crime continues to spread like wildfire in the area.
It was pointed out that this was not the first farm murder in the area as the killing of Gert Uys, another farmer from the same area, in July 2012, left many people without jobs.
Other murders, such as that of an Induna Masondo, were among the many mentioned.
The community pleaded with the police to do their job and protect them.