DA Premier Candidate, Joe McGluwa
Photo: Selogile Leshage
DA Premier Candidate, Joe McGluwa will hold a rural safety night vigil at SAPS headquarters in Potchefstroom after a 58-year old farmer’s wife in Makwassie was beaten, raped and then kidnapped in her own car.
McGluwa says the attack happened 24 hours after the Democratic Alliance (DA) in North West appealed again that rural safety units should be reinstated to keep our communities safe.
‘This is the second farm attack since the weekend in the province. The attackers forced the 58-year-old woman to give her bank card pin, robbed her of cell phones, firearms, money and jewellery. The two, armed men drove around with the traumatised victim until a flat tyre forced them to stop – they fled on foot – leaving the car and injured woman behind,’ he said.
‘Our prayers and thoughts are with the family, friends and rural communities affected by brutal crimes like this. To honour victims and their families, the DA Premier Candidate in North West, Joe McGluwa, religious leaders and community members will hold a night vigil at police headquarters. DA structures across the province will support the night vigil by holding prayer meetings and candlelight ceremonies at sunset tonight (20 February) in front of their local police stations,’ he said.
McGluwa added that in North West, 950 people were murdered from March 2017 to April 2018.
‘The rise in the number of stock theft and murders of farmers and farmworkers confirm the need to reinstate the special rural safety units. It is shocking that most of these murders take place at the homes of victims and it is no wonder that people in North West no longer feel safe in their own homes,’ he said.
Details of the event:
Date: Wednesday 20 February 2019
Place: N12, opposite SAPS Head Quarters in Potchefstroom
Anyone is welcome to attend this event in solidarity with victims of crime.