I think this was a cool-headed effort by Ian Cameron (AfriForum), considering the oh so typical half-hearted, somewhat antagonistic attitude of the SABC presenter.
The other video referred to in the SABC interview is security-camera footage showing six armed farm attackers breaking into a farmhouse near Schweizer-Reneke in the North West Province of South Africa. The Schweizer-Reneke farmer personally contacted AfriForum Head of Community Safety, Ian Cameron, and handed over the video footage to AfriForum. The farmer was aware of the national campaign against farm attacks, driven by AfriForum, and by the community safety networks the civil rights organisation is establishing across the country, enabling communities to pro-actively ensure their own safety. AfriForum thus contends that the footage is original. Click here to watch it on YouTube.
ABSTRACT: The question of rural safety in South Africa has been a contested terrain for a number of years. In most cases, the safety crisis threatened the farmers and their labour force. In order to contain the situation, the commandos played a significant role of providing security to both the farmers and the farm workers. Although the commandos provided this security, in the main the structure was regarded as the National Party’s (NPs) initiative. To the new African National Congress (ANC) as the ruling party after the April 1994 general elections where it got the majority votes, the organisation wanted to replace the commando units with another security force in the rural areas. However, this initiative was not welcomed by the farming communities who were mostly White. They viewed the disbandment and the replacement of the commandos as an attempt by the ANC government to make them vulnerable for physical attacks, which in most cases led to deaths. Therefore, this study attempts to highlight the socio-political impact of this initiative to both the farmers and farming communities. The question of whether the commandos were to be retained or not in favour of rural safety had a huge socio-political impact and divided the South African rural communities. DOWNLOAD PDF (156 KB)