Mbalula said he had met with farmers’ organisation AgriSA, which he said was also using its resources to help with rural safety.
“I don’t want to argue with people about rural safety,” the minister said.
He said while the reality was that there were people who were racist, “there are farmers who are patriots in our country who need safety and support from the police”.
AgriSA has also called for an end to violence against farming communities.
’52 murders a day’
AgriSA president Dan Kriek said farm attacks and their brutality must be strongly condemned by all South Africans.
“We think of the thousands of fellow South Africans who have lost their lives during the past year as a result of violent crime, 52 murders a day. Many farmers and farmworkers count among those who have paid the highest price,” Kriek said.
He said 34 000 farmers were suffering the effects of drought, natural disasters and policy uncertainty, while also trying to protect their lives and produce food for 55 million South Africans.
He said farmers were vulnerable.
“It has long been time for the public and the government to take note of the brutality of farm attacks, as well as the onslaught aimed at members of the farming community.”