After public pressure facilitated by TLU SA, farm watch can now operate legally again. TLU SA in April urged the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, and President Cyril Ramaphosa to activate the local farm watches. South Africans could support the action by signing a petition.

Patrolling during lockdown

Patrolling by the crucially necessary watches were prohibited since the start of the lockdown in March. Since then there has been a marked and concerning increase in the theft of agricultural products and livestock.

“We want to thank the public for realising the importance of our farm watches and supporting the petition,” says Henry Geldenhuys, deputy president of TLU SA and chairperson of the Safety Committee.

More than 10 000 petitions

“We received more than 10 000 petitions and sent it to the minister and president. We are pleased to see the pressure we applied through the appeal bore the desired fruit. But it would have been ideal if Farm Watch never had to cease their activities.

“Farm Watch delivers a crucially essential service to protect our rural areas. Farm Watch successfully works with the police and helps to lighten their load.”

TLU SA calls on all patrollers and structures within Farm Watch to continue with caution and responsibility. – Press release, TLU SA