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08 December 2010 at 10:13 - Posted by Anonymous

ANC condemns farm murders


ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu. Photo: Bonile Bam

The African National Congress on Tuesday strongly condemned the murder of Free State farmer, Attie Potgieter and his family.

"We would like to reaffirm our position of fighting crime wherever it takes place and regardless of who it affects," spokesman Jackson Mthembu said in a statement.

He said the ruling party was against all forms of crime in the country.

"In the recent past, the ANC government has demonstrated swiftness in fighting crime, resulting in the reduction in farm murders."

He said it was unfortunate that some individuals had used the Potgieter family murder to attach racial undertones to it when crime knew no race or colour.

"Racially blurring issues of crime and justice can only serve to polarise our nation, instead of uniting it," he said.

He said the ANC was happy with the support the family was receiving from the police and the community, which had led to the swift arrest of the suspects.

"We send our condolences to relatives of the Potgieter family. We believe that justice must take its course unreservedly and that those behind the murders must face the full might of the law."

On Monday, Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Mulder said the ruling ANC had not said a word about the murder.

He said the country's leaders should publicly condemn such killings, no matter who the victims were.

Attie Potgieter, 40, his wife Wilna, 36, and their three-year-old daughter Willemien were found murdered on their farm on Thursday last week. It seemed Potgieter had been stabbed, while his wife and daughter were shot. -


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