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Stop us going from bread basket to basket case, Ramaphosa

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Mess with your farmers and your country will go quickly from being a bread basket to a basket case. Look at Zimbabwe.


04 Jul 2020
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Stop us going from bread basket to basket case, Ramaphosa

Picture for illustration. Karookom farm in the Free State is pictured, 1 April 2020. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

While the focus has been on the Covid-19 crisis, farm attacks have been increasing – and they pose a serious threat to the long-term security of South Africa. Last month, there were 27 attacks on farmers which, says Tommie Esterhuyse, chair of Agri SA’s Centre of Excellence: Rural Safety, were “brutal and senseless” and have “deeply affected” the national agricultural community. Just yesterday, news emerged that Julian Stobbs, a well-known activist for the legalisation of cannabis, was murdered during a robbery at his smallholding and business at Lanseria, north of Joburg. These attacks have, seemingly, been ignored by President Cyril...

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