‘Don’t employ foreigners’ – SAPS

Limpopo Police Deputy Commissioner, Jan Scheepers, says ignorant farmers who employ illegal immigrants will face charges.

LIMPOPO – Scheepers addressed farmers on Saturday during a rural safety awareness campaign at Bergnek outside Polokwane about crime within their society.

He said crime is killing farmers while the country depends on them for food security. The reality, he added, was that there are foreigners who illegally enter the country and commit crimes within the communities.

“We believe a good economy reduces the crime rate in our country and that we should fight criminals together,” said Scheepers.

He added one farmer killed in South Africa is one farmer too many and it will lead to everyone starving as farmers provide food security.

“Our country depends on farmers for people to eat tomorrow and to mature the economy which is why we should protect them from criminal elements,” he said.

“As part of the national development plan we need to encourage communities to be part of this solution.”

Scheepers told CV stock theft continues to rise as several cases have been opened.

“Paying an illegal foreigner less money should not be reason enough to hire them as they can commit a crime at any time and effectively disappear as they don’t have proper identification,” he explained.

“We want our farmers to confirm their foreign workers’ documents at the Department of Home Affairs as many of these foreigners use fraudulent documents.”

Westenburg Police Station Commander, Maimele Pilusa, urges residents to not take the law into their own hands.

Westenburg Police Station Commander, Maimele Pilusa, said unity among the community can help to reduce crime. “We are working on an activation plan to prevent thugs taking advantage of our farmers,” said Pilusa.

Taking the law into own hands, he added, is a crime and he urged the community to report crime to their nearest police station instead of resorting to vigilante justice.

“It depends on our unity as South African citizens, however, whether we are ready to fight crime,” he said.

“It worries us that things go wrong within our communities due to people failing to report criminals due to fear or misplaced loyalty as they are brothers.”

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