The DA will submit a number of posts on social media supporting farm murders and attacks to the Human Rights Commission to determine if it is hate speech.
Dianne Kohler Barnard, the DA’s state security spokesman, said in a statement that people posting such messages on social media should be held responsible for their “vicious and hateful statements”.
These actions are part of the DA’s plan to create safer rural areas so that the country’s farmers, their families and their farm workers can continue to provide food without fear.
TAU SA says there have been 26 farm murders and 141 farm attacks this year. The last few weeks have seen a sharp increase in attacks as well as murders.
Kohler Barnard says hate crime is not simply a crime perpetrated against vulnerable groups. These are crimes against individuals due to the prejudice of the perpetrators of these acts against a whole group of people, but aimed at an “available” victim.
“Research shows there is a direct correlation between hate speech – in word and song frequently perpetrated by political leaders – and the immediate increase in attacks in rural areas.”
Many of these attacks are also accompanied by torture.
She says it’s incredible that those who glorify the idea of killing and raping the women and children of farmers and farm workers rarely end up in court.
“This community is sometimes romanticized and encouraged by politicians.”
Kohler Barnard says the time is also over for police to investigate a charge of “the theft of a wallet” after a farmer was tortured for hours.
“This is not robbery. This is hate crime, ”she says.
The government must also stop making scapegoats of the country’s farmers to disguise their own failures in job creation, education and housing.
“It’s a convenient piece of ‘political tools’ that will cost the lives of those who have to ensure food security.”
Chris van Zyl, TAU SA’s deputy general manager and a former army general, says it is clear despite the many farm attacks that farmers have sharpened their safety and are prepared.
“It is clear that effective resistance and the application of emergency defense principles have resulted in several assailants being shot dead or sustained serious gunshot wounds.
“It testifies to farmers who maintained such levels of readiness that the attackers were unable to surprise and trap them.”
Van Zyl says there was a decrease in violent crime when the containment measures became effective.
Since then, however, there has been a rise in crime to the same levels as before the containment.
“The very high levels of violence against victims are unrelated to the obvious motives such as robbery and theft of cash, firearms and marketable goods such as computers and cell phones,” he says.
“The analyzes of murder victims clearly indicate that white farmers, families and farm workers account for more than two-thirds of murder victims.
“The particularly high levels of violence and unashamed torture attest to a high level of racial hatred, which we are very worried about,” says Van Zyl.