Vryheid Neighbourhood Watch assists as farmers take charge of their safety

A committee was elected to oversee operations in the Zaailaagte area: Izak de Swardt was elected as Chairman, with Arthur Harmse as Patrol Coordinator, Pieter Colloty as PRO and Marilize Harmse as Secretary. Marnu Nigrini, Ignis Potgieter, Johan van Niekerk and Chris van Rooyen are additional members.

 

IN light of escalating security concerns within the farming community of Vryheid and the rapid rise in farm attacks that have taken place since the recent Black Monday protest, Vryheid farmers are taking charge of their safety and leaving nothing to chance.

In a recent meeting with Vryheid Neighbourhood Watch, residents in and around the Zaailaagte area, where Danie Swanepoel fell victim to two savage farm attackers earlier this month, came together to discuss the implementation of their own neighbourhood watch and set up a strategic plan to curb future attacks.

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A committee was elected to oversee operations in the Zaailaagte area, also known as Sector 6, and Vryheid Neighbourhood Watch assisted the new crew in setting up an adequate structure by which to monitor criminal activity in the area and respond when necessary.

Izak de Swardt was elected as Chairman, with Arthur Harmse as Patrol Coordinator, Pieter Colloty as PRO and Marilize Harmse as Secretary. Marnu Nigrini, Ignis Potgieter, Johan van Niekerk and Chris van Rooyen are additional members.

The committee will work closely with their community to ensure that everyone is on the same page when it comes to safety and emergency situations, in much the same way that Vryheid Neighbourhood Watch members have grown accustomed to since their inception in 2013. However, response time and community support within a farming community could arguably be perceived as somewhat more critical, given the escalating attacks on our farmers in recent times.

Newly elected chairman of the Sector 6 group and long-time member of Vryheid Neighbourhood Watch, Izak de Swardt, is committed to upholding the values and principles of the organisation and will strive to ensure the success of this newly implemented operation.

“As chairman of this group as well as a member of the farming community, I just want to get everyone to work together. Together, we can make our community safer.”

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Elaine Rodway

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