Fact check: Farmers are murdered despite what Ramaphosa told the UN

Fact check: Farmers are murdered despite what Ramaphosa told the UN

- South Africans were angered when President Ramaphosa said to the UN that there are no farm killings in SA

- According to crime stats by the SAPS, this isn't true

- The president's spokesperson said his words are being deliberately distorted

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President Ramaphosa commented on a social media post by American president, Donald Trump, when he said there are no farm killings in South Africa. He spoke to the United Nations about the now-famous tweet of Trump.

While this could have been an unexpected slip by the president, it caused an outcry among South Africans.

In Ramaphosa's words, President Trump is misinformed and there is no killing of farmers in South Africa.

However, this is not true.

South Africa's Police Service released crime statistics and it indicated that there clearly are farm murders in South Africa. White and black farmers are being killed on their land.

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Between 2017 and 2018, 62 farm murders were recorded and 52 of those murdered were the owners or occupiers of the farm.

Based on this statistic, it cannot be said there is a 'white farmer genocide', but it cannot be denied that farmers are being murdered.

Briefly.co.za learned that the Presidency tried to do damage control after South Africans were upset by the president's denial of farm killings.

Khusela Dinko, Presidency spokesperson, stated that the president responded directly to Trump's tweet and the claim that there is a “large scale killings of farmers”.

Dinko added that it is unfortunate that President Ramaphosa's words were distorted deliberately.

BusinessLIVE reports that Institute of Race Relations CEO Frans Cronje feels that the president's words were offensive to farm murder victims. According to TimesLIVE, 353 farm murders were recorded since 2012.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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