Calls to protect KZN farmers, employees

Calls to protect KZN farmers, employees

Agricultural union, Kwanalu, says a unified approach is needed by law enforcement, residents and businesses to reduce farm attacks in KwaZulu-Natal.

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There have been concerns about tensions in Umtubatuba, north of Richards Bay, where people, believed to be from nearby communities, set fire to millions-of-rands worth of farm equipment at the weekend. 

It's after the farm owner confronted five trespassers fishing at a river on the property. 

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After they left, locals later discovered that one of the group's members had drowned.

"The Kwanalu president Phineas Gumede, a cotton producer from Jozini with its members, has called on authorities to work together to protect all producers and their employees in rural areas following the recent spike in criminal incidents and the severe negative effect and the impact that it is having on producers living in these rural communities," says Kwanalu's Sandy La Marque. 

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