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DA claims Ramaphosa turned a blind eye to farm murders

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The DA has endorsed its petition for President Cyril Ramaphosa to apologise for allegedly turning a blind eye to farm murders in 2018, boasting some 55 000 signatures already.

The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Dianne Kohler-Barnard took to Twitter on Friday, 9 October 2020, to share an update on the petition that was initially started in July 2020. The petition was started by the leading opposition party to call for President Cyril Ramaphosa to apologise for his 2018 comments claiming that farm murders do not exist in South Africa.

The party has taken on raising awareness on the phenomenon as part of its election campaign. Since launching the petition, it has since received an estimated 55 000 signatures already.

The petition also calls for rural attacks to be labelled as priority crimes, which is a matter that Police Minister, Bheki Cele addressed earlier in the day. Another condition stipulated by the petition is that rural attacks should also be considered as hate speech.

Sabelo Makhubo
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