Farm murders in South Africa – CNN

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Farm murders in South Africa - CNN

“Was the government right to stop prioritising farm security? According to the Report of the Committee of Inquiry, there were 6 122 farm attacks in the decade between 1991 and 2001, resulting in 1 254 murders. “

Extract from CNN website:

On the one hand there are those who argue that farmers are more at risk of being targeted by violent criminals than the average citizen. This includes those who represent organised agriculture.

Some go as far as claiming that there is a political motive behind these attacks, with the objective of forcing white farmers off the land. Indeed, people like Dr Gregory Stanton of Genocide Watch go even further and claim that the nature and extent of farm murders show worrying signs of genocide.

On the other hand, there are those who argue that the criminal victimisation of farmers is no different than that faced by South Africans in general.

The absence of proper statistics contributes to the confusion and lack of clarity on the issue. For example, the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR), using statistics inter alia from the Transvaal Agricultural Union of South Africa (TAUSA), concluded in a press statement on 5 October 2012 that farmers were not uniquely vulnerable to armed attacks when compared to the general population.

However, a week later on 11 October, the SAIRR announced that on the basis of new information received it was prepared to concede that farmers (exclusive of their families and workers) were ‘twice as likely’ to be murdered in South Africa than ordinary citizens.

Back in 1997, the South African Government used to believe that farmers were ‘uniquely’ targeted for violent and murderous attacks.

Given that farms play a crucial role in ensuring the country’s food security, in 1997 the Minister of Safety and Security, Sydney Mufamadi, called for a joint task team comprising members of the South African Police Service (SAPS), the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and organised agriculture to develop a plan to improve security on farms.

This resulted in what became known as the Rural Protection Plan (RPP) in the same year. In 1999, a Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (JOINTS) Priority Committee on Rural Safety chaired by a senior police officer with the rank of Major General was established to ensure that rural safety was managed as a national security priority.

The seriousness of the situation caused the SAPS to include figures for farm attacks and murders in its annual reports from 2001/02 to 2006/07. In 2001, the Minister of Police directed the SAPS National Commissioner to establish a Committee of Inquiry into farm attacks.

In 2003, the Committee published its findings that, among others, 89,3% of the attacks against farms were primarily criminal in nature for the purposes of robbery, with no evidence being found to support allegations that there were political motives behind these crimes.

Then President Thabo Mbeki, without any consultation or prior warning, announced the closing down of the ‘commandos’, the cornerstone of the RPP. He stated that the SAPS would replace the commandos with an alternative system consisting of police reservists, crime combating units and sector policing.

The SAPS in its annual reports after 2006/07 stopped reporting on farm attacks and murders and a new Rural Safety Strategy (RSS) was adopted in 2011. The RSS is not focused on the security of farms, but is aimed at rural security in general. In essence this means that the government no longer regards farm security as a priority.

Was the government right to stop prioritising farm security? According to the Report of the Committee of Inquiry, there were 6 122 farm attacks in the decade between 1991 and 2001, resulting in 1 254 murders.

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8 Responses to Farm murders in South Africa – CNN

  1. Reblogged this on murderbymedia and commented:
    All White are at risk of violence at the hands of those subhumans!!!

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  3. CBB says:

    Reblogged this on South Africa News.

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  5. Linda Cardozo says:

    Two wrongs don’t make a right.

  6. Adele says:

    To be a white farmer in South Africa is probably the most dangerous work in the country…….. There is a silent genocide against the white people of our country…
    In the passed 18 yrs, since the “birth of democracy” the attacks on our Boer people just became worse and worse!!!!!!!!
    ±70 000 white people have been murdered, raped, during the last 18 yrs by blacks…….
    (Black on white violence)…..

    This past week from the 11th of March 2013 to 19th of March there were 25 people who has been attacked, 5 were murdered, killed with axes or bludgeoned with hammers,… 4 of these 25 people were woman, that was raped… 2 of them were raped by 6 black men repeatedly…..
    the other victims were assaulted, and beaten……
    Old woman in their 60’s 70’s and 80’s gets Raped.
    Babies get strangled…….
    One of these attacks last week, the farmer was tied in the bathroom and they killed him with an ax….. While his wife was witnessing it also tied up……… She couldn’t help him…..

    The world is going on about the wonderful ideology of SA……… And the democracy…….
    Its a load of BULL!!!!!!!
    We are being exterminated here and not even the Cops help…
    This is the reality of the ugly truth in SA!!!!

  7. Marius says:

    The world was quick to implement sanctions against South Africa in the so called appartheid years. The country is worst of now according to the poor black people! White murders are 99% black on white in a country of 55 m people. 75000 white people have been murderd since the ANC took control of the land, the most brutalist of the murders was on white farmers. We all wait to see which country in the 1st world have the guts to do something.

  8. Raffles says:

    Many elements in the South African government are interested only in enriching themselves, Zuma included. There are over 15,000 murders per year in South Africa. Around 2500 people died in the 9/11 attacks and the whole world was up in arms, yet nobody bats an eyelid about South Africa. The murders are particularly gruesome and brutal. Farmers are being targeted to a large degree. Please wake up rest of the world.

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