Limpopo takes brunt of farm murders

This year alone 27 farm murders and 116 attacks had taken place by the end of June 2015, said Chris van Zyl, assistant head manager of TAU SA, according to a joint press statement by AfriForum and TAU SA.

Limpopo had the most attacks, followed by KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, the Free State, Eastern Cape, North West, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape and the Western Cape, according to the statement.

“Farm attacks and murders are becoming increasingly brutal,” said Van Zyl.

Because of the frequency of attacks, the brutality thereof, the role agriculture playsin South Africa and the location of farms on which the attacks and murders take place, farm murders are unique and should be prioritised by government, said Ernst Roets, deputy CEO of AfriForum.

Statistics showed that 1 747 farm murders and 3 542 attacks took place between 1990 and the middle of 2015. Out of the 1 747 murder victims, 1 133 were farmers, 465 direct family members, 130 farm workers and 19 visitors, according to the statement.

Roets and Lorraine Claasen, researcher and criminologist at AfriForum, will address the World Society of Victimology Congress in Perth, Australia, to ask the international community to put pressure on the South African government to prioritise farm murders, according to the statement.