Farm murders on the rise – AfriForum

A total of 67 people were murdered on farms across South Africa in 2014, AfriForum said on Thursday.”We are releasing the statistics because the government, particularly the police department, has been refusing to release any information about farm attacks since 2007,” deputy AfriForum CEO,Ernst Roets, told reporters in Pretoria.

The statistics were jointly released by AfriForum and the Transvaal Agricultural Union (Tau SA).

“We have found that in the last five years there has been a gradual increase, not only in farm attacks, but also in farm murders across South Africa,” said Roets.

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In a bid to curb the farm attacks, Roets said the two organisations would be implementing several strategies, which include protests.

“We need to follow a double strategy. One area of focus is a campaign to put pressure on government through the media, protest rallies and so forth.

“The other part is to get communities more involved. We are saying people should look after their own safety, people should be aware of the problem and get involved with community safety structures,” said Roets.

The statistics indicate that there were 277 farm attacks that the two organisations could verify in 2014.

The organisation’s statistics show that the number of murders on farms rose from 62 in 2013 to 67 in 2014.

The farm attacks rose from 231 to 277 in the same period.

They said this was the highest figure recorded since 1990. A total of nine murders on farms have already been recorded this year.

TAU SA assistant general manager, Chris van Zyl, said the number of commercial farmers was decreasing annually.

“From 2006, the number of farm murders is within the 60 to 67 range. Given the reality that the number of farmers are decreasing annually, that is very concerning,” said Van Zyl.

He said farm residents should take charge of their own security.

Not racially motivated

Earlier this week, Deputy Agriculture Minister Bheki Cele said farm killings were not racially motivated.

“We are urging everybody, starting with the media and everybody – take the race issue out of farm murders,” Cele said.

“The people that are being killed are farmers… Whether they are white, black, yellow, green or purple, we have seen farmers coming under attack and we treat it as such,” he said, adding that his department took the killings seriously.

On Thursday, Van Zyl said analysis showed that the majority of murdered victims were white.

“We don’t want to racialise it. My figures indicate that farmers, black and white, are the single greatest group within the murdered victims’ environment,” he said.

“All we are saying is that the vast majority of murder victims in the country are farmers. If we analyse the victims, the majority are white farmers.”

Cele said the agriculture department had a limited role in combating the murders.

“Agriculture cannot say we will arrest those that kill the farmers. We wish we could, but we can’t. We cannot say we will shoot them,” said the former police commissioner.

On Tuesday Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana acknowledged that the farm attacks were a worrying trend and suggested a forum of farmers, farm workers and farm communities to harmonise relations.

– SAPA

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Farm-murders-of-the-rise-AfriForum-20150115

6 responses to “Farm murders on the rise – AfriForum

  1. The dismantled the Commandos, disarmed the people ….NOW they are pretending to WAKE UP….DO NOT TRUST THESE GUYS…IT IS PEENSE.

    • SORRY SPELLING ERROT….

      PREENSE WAS SUPOSED TO BE: PRETENSE…they are not going to do a single thing to stop the FARM ATTACT S LEAVE ALONE ALL THE KILLINGS

  2. The victims are both black and white….I agree. But the perpetrators are almost ALWAYS BLACK!!! which does make it racial..

  3. Yes why malema and other black leaders want farms and land?ask yourself this question they are killing all white farmers to get them off the land they will continue to kill all farmers and Zuma knows all this but he is doing nothing, how many white people has been killed so far ? If we go to vote we havent a chance in hell to get anywere cause all white people is being killed Whistleblower Exposing Government linked Farm Murders

  4. Gail Rieck, Using words like ‘almost’ and ‘nearly’ do damage to our cause. Point is, only a very small percentage of black failed farmers were part of these attacks. All the attackers were blacks. I don’t know of a single white attacker of any black or white farmer in this country. The press would jump all over it and never allow us to forget a single such incident. So, don’t use words like ‘almost’ when it is actually ‘never’ in fact. Attacks and murders on Afrikaner farmers as a small minority is way out of proportion compared with the black majority which make out 95% of the total population. The comparitive estimation is 27:1 white to black, and do bear in mind that whites make out less than 3% of the total population. Most importantly, the fact-finding committee from the UN would definitely be confronted by the ANC-regime with every kind of fact and argument. to convince them that it is not racial and that it is only “common crime”. Therefore, Mr Roets should not be so quick in making or allowing concessions, or else this once- in-a-murdered-lifetime chance could be botched up yet again.

  5. Henk Prinsloo

    Three factors point directly to the present government as instigating these murders.
    1) The dismantling of the commando system
    2) The continual denying of the racial factor
    3) The disarming of the members of the public.
    The process of disarming is done in such a way that it could be refuted through the press that this is taking place. The experience of the firearm owners is simply that the government has a strategy of making it increasingly difficult to owe fire arms.

    Add to this the continual inciting of racial hate such as that of Mr JZ on Freedom (!!!!????) day of South Africa as being a sick nation.

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