338 killed in past 6 years: First farm murder stats released in 11 years

338 killed in past 6 years: First farm murder stats released in 11 years

- South African Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, and the Police Commissioner, General Khehla Sitole, have released the latest official statistics concerning farm murders and farm attacks in South Africa

- The latest statistics are being used by parties to bolster their argument that South Africa’s white farmers are under siege

- The statistics show that there has been an increase in the past year although the previous three years saw a decline in these types of attacks

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Freedom Front Plus Leader, Dr Pieter Groenewald, has said he feels the release of these statistics are a symbolic victory for his party which has continually put pressure on the powers that be to release updated statistics of farm attacks and murders.

Briefly.co.za gathers it has been more than a decade since such statistics were last released to the public.

“The last time that these statistics were disclosed was in 2007,” said Dr Groenewald in a press statement. “The FF Plus, however, continued to request the figures by way of parliamentary questions… and answers have finally been provided.”

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In a written response, South African Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, and National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole provided a breakdown of farm attack statistics dating back to the 2012/13 financial year. However, it was not clear what criteria were used to qualify incidents as a “farm attack” in the report.

“The figures show that over the last six years since 2012, there were 3059 attacks altogether (on average, that is 509,8 per year) in which 338 people were killed (on average, that is 56,3 per year),” said Dr Groenewald.

For the 2017/2018 period, 581 incidents were recorded with 47 murders, compared to the 478 incidents between April 2016 and March 2017 where 66 murders were recorded.

The highest number of attacks in the last financial year were recorded in Gauteng (152), followed by the North West (94).

On the past year, the North West had the highest number of murders recorded (12) followed by Gauteng (9) then Limpopo and Free State (7 respectively).

Provinces

In the written reply, the breakdown of farm attacks by province in the past six years from 2012, showed most farm attacks took place in the North West province (722 attacks) and Gauteng (644 attacks).

When it comes down to attacks where people were killed, the province with the highest number of farm murders during thhose six years is Gauteng with 69 murders, followed by the North West and KwaZulu-Natal, where 61 murders per province took place.

“If these figures are compared to other available sources, then they seem to be fairly reliable. It is regrettable that these statistics were swept under the rug under the administration of former President Jacob Zuma,” said Groenewald.

“Without the necessary statistics on crime, one is left groping in the dark and then it is not possible to take meaningful action and implement preventative measures.”

International community

Groenewald said the his party will keep on informing the rest of the world about what he said are especially cruel murders of South African farmers.

He, his party and other groups are actively liaising with, amongst others, the European Parliament and governments as well as the United Nations (UN) through the FF Plus’s UNPO membership.

“In this regard, statistics on farm attacks and murders released by the government will surely carry more weight than the statistics of other institutions,” he said.

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