POLITICS

WCape Agriculture remains committed to creating safer rural communities

Ivan Meyer |

13 April 2022

MEC says realisation of safe and cohesive communities remains essential

Western Cape Agriculture remains committed to creating safer rural communities

13 April 2022

Today, I extend my condolences to the family and friends of the Kock family as they prepare to bury a wife, mother and grandmother.

The attack on the farm, Kilpheuwel, outside Moorreesburg on 5 April 2022, which left Mrs Ingrid Kock dead and her husband, Frans, seriously injured, must be condemned in the strongest terms.

When the news of the attack broke, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture(WCDoA)  immediately activated our project coordinator responsible for rural safety, who then inquired into the alleged murder.

Officials captured the verified information on the Department’s Survey 123 ArcGis application and Rural Safety Monitoring Dashboard.

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The WCDoA also alerted the Department of Community Safety, Court Watching Brief Unit, which will monitor the case’s progress until its conclusion.

As indicated in the past, I intend to oppose bail applications involving producers and agri-workers. I will therefore be doing so in this case. I await confirmation of a bail hearing date.

The realisation of safe and cohesive communities remains essential, as crime and fragmented communities reduce individual life chances and opportunities and further destabilise communities. 

Our agricultural producers and agri workers, as the agents of food security and key drivers of the economy, deserve to be acknowledged, appreciated and protected.