KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has strongly condemned the brutal killing of the elderly owner of a well-known restaurant in the Midlands over the weekend.
The man, identified by the police as 67-year old Edourd Neumeister, was attacked at his establishment by an unknown suspect with a bush knife and was declared dead at the scene.
The Premier has called on the law enforcement agencies to work around the clock to ensure that the perpetrator is speedily brought to book.
Zikalala has also requested transport, community safety and liaison MEC Bheki Ntuli as well as agriculture and rural development MEC Bongi Sithole-Moloi to work with law enforcement agencies to ensure that the safety of rural farming communities is prioritized.
The Premier said farm attacks continued to be a serious cause for concern for the provincial government and promised that every effort would be made to ensure the safety of rural farming communities.
“We strongly condemn this senseless and brutal murder of an innocent citizen of our province. We urge our law enforcement agencies to work with speed to ensure that the perpetrator is arrested swiftly and punished,”said Zikalala.
The Premier added that violent crime would not be tolerated and warned that those who commit such crimes would be dealt with harshly.
Zikalala has also sent condolences to the family, relatives and friends of Mr Neumeister on behalf of the KZN Provincial Government.