Farm murders for the 2016 to 2017 financial year stand at “a disturbing” 74 with a total of 357 attacks countrywide say the AfriForum Research Institute (ANI).
The ANI released these statistics In Pretoria this week while AfriFrorum also handed a petition against farm murders containing 175,000 signatures to Pres. Jacob Zuma at the Union Buildings.
According to Lorraine Claasen, Crime Analyst at ANI, farm murders were also subjected to larger international scrutiny this year, especially after citizens of Britain and the Netherlands – among others – were recently victims of farm attacks in South Africa.
“If the frequency of farm attacks and farm murders remain the same throughout the 2017 calendar year, it would seem that the numbers would again increase. To date there have been 113 attacks and 29 farm murders verified (since 1 January 2017).”
Claasen adds that it is of utmost importance that all people in rural areas increase their security. AfriForum encourages communities to become involved with security networks in their area.
“It is essential to make it as difficult as possible for attackers to gain access to dwellings,” Claasen concludes.
The period for these numbers was changed from calendar year to financial year so that it can be compared to the annual crime statistics report of the South African Police Service (SAPS).