The European Parliament, consisting of 751 elected members of the European Union, is shocked over the circumstances under which South African farmers have to make a living.
Members of the European Parliament, including a political advisor, as well as an Italian journalist, this week visited South Africa as guests of TLU SA. The purpose of this visit was to establish the state of farm attacks and murders, land expropriation and the opportunity for foreign investment.
The delegation visited two farms in the Cullinan district where farm attacks happened and a couple was murdered on their farm. They took part in a farm patrol to get a better understanding of how TLU SA’s security structures works to protect farmers.
Danilo Lancini who led the foreign delegation, shared his shock concerning agriculture in South Africa. He could hardly hide his disbelief over the South African government’s inadequacy to protect farmers, grow the economy and attract foreign investment.
Lancini hopes the European Parliament will put pressure on the government to urgently pay attention and act on these issues, after the South African elections in May.
“We are very satisfied about the meeting,” says Louis Meintjies, the President of TLU SA. “With this action we were able to strengthen our ties with Europe. It is part of our international campaign for support and pressure from foreign countries to protect farmers. TLU SA have actively been pursuing this campaign the past decade.”