Farmer held for attack on alleged trespassers on an open field

N Xaba

The ANC is outraged and deeply disappointed by the latest reported incident of racism during which a farmer in Volmoed, near Oudtshoorn allegedly attempted to kill a resident by bumping him with his red Isuzu bakkie before shooting at his partner. Police confirmed that the 32 year old Isaac Lukas and his partner, and a group of people were crossing an open piece of land when the farmer alleged that they were trespassing on his property. The 56-year-old farmer allegedly ran over Lukas and opened fire on Lukas's partner and other people trying to assist the worker. The farmer was arrested on Sunday 11th March 2018 and faces three charges of attempted murder.

The ANC views this allegation very seriously and calls for a full investigation into this matter. Farmworkers still bear the brunt of racism, exploitation, abuse and violence all over the country. Racism can no longer be tolerated in our society. Any person or business practicing racism whether overtly or covertly must suffer the consequences. The law must be seen upholding the rights of farmworkers who are amongst the poorest and most vulnerable South Africans. We also call on farm communities, farmers and workers, black and white to oppose all discrimination.

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