November 13 2008 at 09:36AM
Communities wanted to take the law into their own hands after a recent spate of ferocious farm attacks, Transvaal Agricultural Union SA (TAU SA) said on Wednesday.
These had led to senseless and brutal murders with deadly consequences for defenceless families, TAU SA President Ben Marais said in a statement.
The attacks included one in Coligny, two in Brits and one outside Pretoria. Pretorius said TAU SA had expressed its serious concern about the deteriorating security situation in the rural areas in a letter to ANC president Jacob Zuma.
It had attached a memorandum tabled in discussions with former president Thabo Mbeki in May.
Marais said the state of affairs had contributed to decreasing levels of trust in the ability of the police and growing desperation within communities to take the law into their own hands.
"This cannot be allowed, but the severity of the situation needs to be understood and rectified. Rampant crime cannot be allowed to continue," he said. - Sapa