Farm murder statistics
THE police have finally released farm-attack statistics after being pressured by the Freedom Front Plus (FF+), after 11 years of silence on the matter. In a press statement by the leader of the party, Dr Pieter Groenewald, the party welcomed the decision by the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele and the Police Commissioner, General Khehla Sitole, to once again release statistics on farm attacks and murders. “The last time these statistics were disclosed was in 2007. The FF+, however, continued to request the figures by way of parliamentary questions, and answers have finally been provided, “ he said.
“In essence, the party asked for the number of attacks and murders that took place in every province since 2012 to be disclosed. From the answer, it can be determined that the number of attacks increased (561 attacks) during the last year (2017/ 18), while there was a decrease in attacks during the previous three years. “The figures show that over the six years since 2012, there have been 3 059 attacks altogether (on average, 509,8 per year) in which 338 people were killed (on average, 56,3 per year),” wrote Groenewald.
“During this time, most of the attacks took place in the North West province (722 attacks) and Gauteng (644 attacks). The province with the highest number of murders during this time, however, is Gauteng (69 murders), followed by the North West and KwaZulu-Natal (61 murders each). 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,” he continued.
“Without the necessary statistics on crime, one is left groping in the dark and it is not possible to take meaningful action and implement preventative measures. “In the interim, the FF+ will continue with its action plan to inform the international community of the exploits and particularly the cruelty of murders in South Africa, by actively liaising with, among others, the European Parliament and governments as well as the United Nations through the FF+’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,” Groenewald concluded.
Mbombela FF+ councilor Christo Peyper told NewsHorn that the situation has become unbearable. “It is tragic. It is unknown by world standards that these murders just continue and very few of these perpetrators are caught,” he said. “The passiveness of the police and army is alarming. They do the initial work and then nothing further happens. The hands of communities of all colour are tied in terms of the law,” he added.