A total of 31 farm attacks, where victims died during four of the attacks, have occurred in South Africa over the past month. Farm attacks appear to have increased over the past few weeks compared to other weeks during the overall nationwide isolation.
This is how Ian Cameron, AfriForum’s Head of Community Safety, explained on Saturday shortly after an elderly woman and her son were severely assaulted on their farm outside Petrusburg in the Free State on Friday night.
Earlier in the day in Limpopo, seven attackers attacked a farm near Mokopane (Potgietersrus) and tied a farmer, his wife and some of his workers with ties and cable ties. The farmer was stabbed with a knife in the process.
According to Cameron, the use of force during farm attacks also appears to be increasing.
“A farmer or farm worker in South Africa has a four times greater chance of being killed than the average South African. A total of 5 475 farm attacks and 2,073 farm murders have been reported in the country since 1990, ”Barnard said.
AfriForum’s statistics show that 137 farm attacks, of which 17 were farm murders since the beginning of this year.
Cameron says most farm attacks in Gauteng occur because a large number of people in this province live in rural areas such as smallholdings. The province also has a greater concentration of people, he explained.
The DA has indicated that the party insists that farm attacks, if necessary, be classified as hate crimes.