The month of December has been a shocking month for South African farmers.
Agri SA and TAU SA, said to farmers.
The two organizations said amid the latest wave of farm attacks in a joint statement that it is difficult to warn their members not to act irresponsibly, amid the continuing prevalence of farm attacks – and the wave of crime affecting the agricultural community engulfed.
“The 53 killings recorded by the organizations this year, compared to the 54 that occurred last year, are alarming and the number can still rise until the end of the year.
“There were already 383 farm attacks this year compared to the 394 of 2018.
“It indicates the crime risk to which farmers and farmworkers are exposed daily.”
In December alone there are more than 10 farm attacks recorded, there are usually more that’s not on record. Some of these attacks were reported by Ian Cameron of Afriforum.
#FarmAttack 1/12/2019: Marquard, Free State. Security guard was attacked by an unknown number of attackers. Various bags of seeds and fertilizer stolen. No serious injuries reported. pic.twitter.com/TfJgxnPhn2— Ian Cameron (@IanCameron23) December 6, 2019
#FarmAttack 3/12/2019: Middelburg, Mpumalanga. Elderly farmer noticed two suspects outside his window. He got his firearm and fired warning shots, causing the suspects to flee. pic.twitter.com/WIaRv9FR5C— Ian Cameron (@IanCameron23) December 6, 2019
#FarmAttack 4/12/2019: Hercules, Gauteng. Owner was attacked on his smallholding by an unknown number of attackers. He was tied up and assaulted with an iron rod. No further details available. pic.twitter.com/FvuEkfcK9Z— Ian Cameron (@IanCameron23) December 6, 2019
#FarmAttack 10/12/19: Mooirivier, KZN. One male victim attacked by two male suspects. He was violently assaulted and thus had to be transported to hospital for treatment. White Toyota Hilux was stolen and recovered in Ladysmith later. 1 suspect arrested. pic.twitter.com/opHLDpeSJn— Ian Cameron (@IanCameron23) December 12, 2019
#FarmAttack 6/12/19: Heidelberg, Gauteng. One elderly male victim violently assaulted by 4 suspects while working outside and tied up with cable ties. Suspects tried to gain entry to house but farmers wife noticed them and pressed the panic button. Attackers fled on foot. pic.twitter.com/LYgjsz3t8D— Ian Cameron (@IanCameron23) December 12, 2019
#FarmAttack 7/12/19: Bothaville, Free State. One male victim and his girlfriend held up by 4 armed attackers. They were ordered to take off their clothes and were tied up with wire. 15 sheep stolen. pic.twitter.com/p4IZrQrYEA— Ian Cameron (@IanCameron23) December 12, 2019
These attacks aren’t the only thing our farmers have to deal with, many South African farms have been struggling with drought with little to no help from the government.
Nicol Jansen, president of Agri SA in the Northern Cape, says it is the worst drought in more than 50 years. “This is an extreme problem. Most farmers have already lost 30% of their livestock. ”
Carel van der Merwe, another farmer from Vanwyksvlei, says: “There will be no more meat on our shelves any time soon. This is our reality. It will soon be impossible for people working at the abattoirs to work. “