Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, has condemned the killing of a farmer, Mr Willem van der Westhuizen, and the assault on his wife, Christine, in an attack on their farm outside VanRyhynsdorp.
Minister Meyer said, “I extend my most heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and the community of VanRynsdorp. The senseless, violent attacks on our producers and agric-workers must be condemned. This horrific act of violence comes at a time when many South Africans are preparing to spend time with their loved ones and extending a hand of peace and friendship to friends and their communities.”
“Sadly, for the family, friends and community of VanRynsdorp, this cowardly act has brought great pain and is a grim reminder that we must remain vigilant, “added the Minister.
The agricultural sector plays a key role in the job creation and livelihood of so many in our province. In fact, the Matzikama Municipality contributed R5.7 billion in 2021 to the West Coast economy. More than that, agriculture is the leading formal employer on the West Coast with more than 2 300 jobs created by the sector. We must safeguard this community which brings dignity to the lives of thousands of families.
“Criminality undermines the growth of our economy and job creation. I am therefore calling on our law enforcement agencies to track down the alleged perpetrators so that they can face the full might of the justice system,” concluded Minister Meyer.
Spokesperson for Minister Ivan Meyer