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South Africa's police minister Cele. Photo: GCIS

South Africa’s Police Minister, General Bheki Cele, will today, Monday 21 September, host a rural safety imbizo in KwaZulu-Natal.

The imbizo will take place at the Normandien Auction Saleyard Hall in Newcastle at 10am.

The Imbizo follows the Minister’s first visit to the area on 2 September 2020, after the murder of two elderly farmers, Glen and Vida Rafferty, who were shot dead by unknown suspects at their farmhouse.

Glen and Vida Homann Rafferty were murdered on their farm in KZN, South Africa on Saturday night. Photo: FB/ Vida Homann Rafferty

“Cele met with organised community, policing and farming structures, who raised their concerns around safety in the area,” said the South African Police Service (SAPS).

Cele assured the community that he would return to KwaZulu-Natal to address the issues raised by the community through the use of the National Rural Safety Strategy.

Last week, in a separate incidient in KZN, a 48-year-old man was killed in his home by suspects who stole sheep, goats and blankets. Swartberg police officers arrested three young suspects, aged 17 to 23, who are due to appear in the Kokstad Magistrate’s Court today on charges of stock theft, murder, arson and house robbery.

“The aim of the National Rural Safety Strategy includes a holistic approach to collaboration between government, the private sector and civil society to ensure the safety of communities,” the SAPS said.

Sources: SAnews.gov.za and SAPS