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Tue Sep 02 23:18:07 SAST 2014

AfriForum blames ANC for farm murders

Sapa | 12 September, 2012 15:11

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The African National Congress should accept responsibility for farm murders, civil rights group AfriForum said on Wednesday.

"As long as the ANC continues to remain silent when ANC leaders, like Ronald Lamola say that he cannot guarantee the safety of the Van der Merwes and the Van Tonders [Afrikaner surnames]... the ANC can be held responsible for farm murders," AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel said in a statement.

In June, Lamola was criticised for his comments relating to land ownership. He told a media briefing in Pretoria that section 25 of the Constitution should be amended to allow for change in the land reform policy.

If white South Africans did not hand land to poor blacks, there could be land invasions like those that took place in Zimbabwe, he said.

At the time, he reportedly said he could not guarantee the safety of "the Van Tonders and the Van der Merwes on farms".

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