New stats show farm attacks increased by 60% in last 10 years

New stats show farm attacks increased by 60% in last 10 years

- New stats show that farm attacks increased by 60% in the last decade

- According to some figures, however, the rate of farm murders has decreased slightly

- The TLU SA, which released the stats, has slammed Cyril Ramaphosa for failing to adequately address the issue

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TLU SA, previously known as the Transvaal Agricultural Union, says that farm attacks have increased by 60% over the last 10 years.

They claim that there were 1 400 reported attacks between 2000 and 2009, which increased to 2 600 between 2010 and 2019.

According to other figures, farm attacks have increased significantly, while the rate of farm murders has seen a slight decline.

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TLU SA's data has been confirmed by independent sources, such as criminal law expert and professor at the University of Pretoria, Llewellyn Curlewis, has gathered.

Their stats show that farm attacks remain a problem in South Africa, with over 400 attacks and over 50 murders in 2018. 

The TLU SA added that, for the communities who suffered these attacks, "these are not just statistics". They also slammed Cyril Ramaphosa, saying that that were many occasions when the president could have intervened or made a statement on farm attacks but failed to do so.

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According to the Roodeport Record, the TLU SA has plans to met with National Commissioner General Khehla Sitole later this year to discuss potential measures to improve farm safety.

These would include the introduction of the reservist system, as well as government officially declaring farm attacks a priority.

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