Agri union urges farming community, police to strengthen relations

Agri union urges farming community, police to strengthen relations

The KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Union (Kwanalu) says farms are being targeted by opportunistic criminals - seeking to take advantage of the COVID-19 crisis. 


Kwanalu's been reacting to the arrest of a group of suspects in northern KZN's Kingsley area in Dundee this week. 

Seven armed suspects targeted a farm on Monday night and demanded cash. 

They initially told the owners they were officials from the Health Department. 

But the quick-thinking owners managed to alert the police and the gang was arrested on charges of attempted house robbery and possession of firearms and ammunition. 

Kwanalu's Sandy LaMarque is urging the farming community to be extra vigilant. 

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"This particular incident and the speedy response by SAPS demonstrated a good working relationship at local level between SAPS and communities is critical.

"Kwanalu urges all leaders to strengthen this working relationship which has additional benefits such as joint safety plans and operations - which are well calculated and built a barrier against criminals."

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