Farm Attacks

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Wheelchair-bound farmer assaulted in Mpumalanga
2014-12-30 11:08

Mbombela - A wheelchair-bound farmer and his family were assaulted and robbed on their farm in Mpumalanga, Netwerk24 reported on Tuesday.

"They forced my father to repeat 'I love black people'," daughter Monique Lange, 34, was quoted as saying.

Five armed men jumped over a fence, attacked 70-year-old Johan Lange, from Kiepersol, threw him out of his wheelchair and assaulted him on his farm on Saturday around 22:00.

Monique Lange, aged 34, her husband Bernhard Bekker, aged 36, and their 13-month-old son were visiting him at the time.

The attackers stole five hunting rifles and ammunition from a safe, as well as a laptop computer, cellphones, money, and bank cards.

Bekker was assaulted and bound, and the baby was tied to Monique. She managed to free herself and call for help.

The men fled in Bekker's bakkie, which police found abandoned about 30km away at the Mkhulu sports field on Sunday.

No arrests had been made.

- SAPA

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Wheelchair-bound-farmer-assaulted-in-Mpumalanga-20141230
 

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"They forced my father to repeat 'I love black people'," daughter Monique Lange, 34, was quoted as saying.
THE HORROR!!!

Not wishing to cast doubt on what is a very frightening and shocking attack, but it would seem from the article that the most painful part of the attack was having to repeatedly announce loving black people....
 

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Sangoma found cooking farmer's body parts
2013-03-19 08:16

Bloemfontein - A sangoma from Lesotho was caught cooking the body parts of a murdered farmer in boiling water when he was arrested.

This transpired at the trial of Moeketsi Hopolong Mokoena, 34, in the Free State High Court on Monday, reported Volksblad.

Mokoena stands accused of murdering Jan van Wyk, 82, from the farm Jakkalsfontein in 2009.

Court documents showed that some of his body parts were found in a pan in his farmhouse where Mokoena was busy cooking them.

Murder spree

Mokoena allegedly started his murderous rampage on the evening of 30 March 2009, killing Basie Venter, 65, after arriving on the farm Biesiesvlei asking for food.

While Venter’s wife was busy making him something to eat, she heard dogs barking and saw Mokoena hitting her husband with an iron rod. He then ran away.

Security guards searching for Mokoena the following day were told to go to Van Wyk’s farm, which was about 5km away.

When the guards arrived on the farm, they found Mokoena on the stoep, wearing only a shirt and underpants. His legs were covered in blood. He ran into the house and closed the door.

He attacked the guards, but they managed to overpower him and tie him up.

Van Wyk’s badly mutilated body was found in the living room, and body parts in a pan in the kitchen.

A year after the murders, Mokoena was declared a patient of the president’s (in need of psychiatric help). The State now argues that he has been successfully treated and can stand trial.

On Monday, the judge postponed the trial to 22 April.

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Sangoma-found-cooking-farmers-body-parts-20130319
 

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THE HORROR!!!

Not wishing to cast doubt on what is a very frightening and shocking attack, but it would seem from the article that the most painful part of the attack was having to repeatedly announce loving black people....
Or more likely the race obsessed media is focusing on that.

But still shocking that it happened. Shows race is a factor in these attacks.
 

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My daughter was attacked by my mother in-law's dog last week.....luckily the quick reaction of mother to get Viper under control saved the day...only minor scratches and bite marks to the foot.

'Cause we all know where this thread is going....ending up in stats about black deaths vs white deaths
 

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TAU SA releases half year figures on farm attacks

The bi annual figures on farm attacks and murders have been released by TAU SA today.

During in the first six months of this year 30 people were murdered on farms. This is the same number of murders which occurred during the corresponding period in 2013.

During the passed weekend Mr. Louis van Wyk, cousin of TAU SA President, Mr. Louis Meintjes, also passed away after he suffered serious injuries after an attack on his farm near Brits on 24 May 2014.

"What is worrying," said Mr Henry Geldenhuys, Deputy President of TAU SA and Chairman of the Security Committee, "is that the number of farm attacks increased from 106 last year to 124 this year. It is clear that the number of attacks are increasing. The fact that the level of fatalities did not increase accordingly, is most likely due to greater awareness among farmers as well as the fact that TAU SA's rural safetyplan is being implemented thus increasing the safety and security footprint."

In the light of the latest figures TAU SA welcomed the HRC's announcement that it would undertake an investigation into farm murders. "For many years we have called upon government to initiate a proper investigation into farm murders end in particular into the motives behind it. For some time know we have been asking questions about the true motive behind some murders, especially where people have beentortured and murdered without any significant indications of theft. The military precision with which some of the attacks were planned and executed also raise serious questions about who are behind it," said Mr Geldenhuys.

TAU SA will also make a submission to the HRC as part of its national campaign against farm attacks. Meanwhile TAU SA's internationalawareness campaign will continue. "The fact that the HRC is going to investigate the matter, sadly does not mean that active steps will be taken. That is why we are going to continue with the application of pressure. There is still a long way to go before we expect the Governmentto indicate whether it is willing or able to change the situation," said Mr Geldenhuys. "However, we are concerned that the HRC'sinvestigation into farm attacks may be overshadowed by a concurrent investigation into employment conditions on farms. The two issuesshould be investigated separately and separate conclusions should be made," said Mr Geldenhuys.

Yesterday morning the 55 year old Mr Rudolph Pretorius, a member of TAU SA, was murdered on his farm Bloempoort outside Groblersdal. TAU SA condemned this incident and sent his condolences to the Pretorius family.

Statement issued by TAU SA, July 8 2014

http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politi...n/page71619?oid=646126&sn=Marketingweb+detail
 

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If you want to buy a farm, don't.

If you have a farm, sell it.

Simple.
 

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Farm murders remain a concern

The ongoing scourge of criminal attacks on the farming community in South Africa and the accompanying range of violent crimes such as murder, rape and robbery remain a controversial issue.

On the one hand there are those who argue that farmers are more at risk of being targeted by violent criminals than the average citizen. This includes those who represent organised agriculture.

Some go as far as claiming that there is a political motive behind these attacks, with the objective of forcing white farmers off the land. Indeed, people like Dr Gregory Stanton of Genocide Watch go even further and claim that the nature and extent of farm murders show worrying signs of genocide.

On the other hand, there are those who argue that the criminal victimisation of farmers is no different than that faced by South Africans in general.

The absence of proper statistics contributes to the confusion and lack of clarity on the issue. For example, the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR), using statistics inter alia from the Transvaal Agricultural Union of South Africa (TAUSA), concluded in a press statement on 5 October 2012 that farmers were not uniquely vulnerable to armed attacks when compared to the general population.

However, a week later on 11 October, the SAIRR announced that on the basis of new information received it was prepared to concede that farmers (exclusive of their families and workers) were ‘twice as likely’ to be murdered in South Africa than ordinary citizens.

Back in 1997, the South African Government used to believe that farmers were ‘uniquely’ targeted for violent and murderous attacks.

Given that farms play a crucial role in ensuring the country’s food security, in 1997 the Minister of Safety and Security, Sydney Mufamadi, called for a joint task team comprising members of the South African Police Service (SAPS), the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and organised agriculture to develop a plan to improve security on farms.

This resulted in what became known as the Rural Protection Plan (RPP) in the same year. In 1999, a Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (JOINTS) Priority Committee on Rural Safety chaired by a senior police officer with the rank of Major General was established to ensure that rural safety was managed as a national security priority.

The seriousness of the situation caused the SAPS to include figures for farm attacks and murders in its annual reports from 2001/02 to 2006/07. In 2001, the Minister of Police directed the SAPS National Commissioner to establish a Committee of Inquiry into farm attacks.

In 2003, the Committee published its findings that, among others, 89,3% of the attacks against farms were primarily criminal in nature for the purposes of robbery, with no evidence being found to support allegations that there were political motives behind these crimes.

Then President Thabo Mbeki, without any consultation or prior warning, announced the closing down of the ‘commandos’, the cornerstone of the RPP. He stated that the SAPS would replace the commandos with an alternative system consisting of police reservists, crime combating units and sector policing.

The SAPS in its annual reports after 2006/07 stopped reporting on farm attacks and murders and a new Rural Safety Strategy (RSS) was adopted in 2011. The RSS is not focused on the security of farms, but is aimed at rural security in general. In essence this means that the government no longer regards farm security as a priority.

Was the government right to stop prioritising farm security? According to the Report of the Committee of Inquiry, there were 6 122 farm attacks in the decade between 1991 and 2001, resulting in 1 254 murders.

It is crucially important for government to prioritise the security of our farming community and to resume the monitoring and reporting of these attacks and murders.
The murder rate during farm attacks more than doubled from 66 cases in 1991 to 142 in 1998, and thereafter remained virtually unchanged until 2001. In 2001, the ratio of murders to attacks was approximately one murder for every seven attacks.

According to the SAPS’ annual reports for the period between 2001/02 and 2006/07, attacks declined by 40% from 1 069 in 2001/02 to 636 in 2005/06. However, in 2006/07, the last year that the SAPS published this information, the number of farm attacks increased by almost 25% to 794 cases, resulting in 86 murders.

Since then the only available database on farm attacks and murders is kept by TAUSA, although it does not have the capacity or capability to monitor the situation as extensively as the SAPS had done. This is because TAUSA is not informed of attacks on smallholdings, where up to 40% of attacks classified as ‘farm attacks’ occur.

So, for example, in 2007 TAUSA recorded 94 attacks and 60 murders, while the SAPS recorded 794 attacks and 86 murders across the country. However commendable its efforts, the inability of TAUSA to capture the full extent of attacks on farms and smallholdings means that it is probably under-reporting on a situation that is worse than its figures suggest.

According to TAUSA’s figures for the period 2008 to September 2012, there were 634 farm attacks resulting in 306 murders. This amounts to an average of one murder during every second attack. This compares badly to urban residential robberies where there is one murder in every two hundred attacks, on average.

According to TAUSA, most of the murder victims are the farmers themselves, followed by their spouses and other direct family, their workers and, in a few cases, visitors to farms. For example, of the 37 murders for the first nine months of 2012, 25 were farmers, 8 were spouses or other direct family, 3 were workers and 1 was a visitor.

The seriousness of farm murders becomes particularly apparent when one compares the murder rate of farmers to that of all South Africans. According to Statistics South Africa’s Census of Commercial Agriculture, there were 32 375 commercial farmers (i.e. people running farming operations either full-time or part-time) in South Africa in 2007, but this number is dropping.

According to Pieter Mulder, the deputy minister for agriculture, the number of commercial farmers has declined by more than 50% since 1996. ABSA’s head of agribusiness, Ernst Janovsky, predicts that commercial farmer numbers will decline to 15 000 individuals over the next fifteen years, causing significant job losses in rural areas.

Using the latest available figures from 2007, the murder of 32 farmers (exclusive of their families and workers) in 2011 provides a murder ratio of 98,8 killings per 100 000. This is over three times higher than South Africa’s national average of 30,9 murders per 100 000 in that year and 14 times the global average of 6,9 murders per 100 000.

South African farmers are almost twice as likely to be murdered as police officials, where a ratio of 51 murders per 100 000 was recorded during 2011/12. This was enough of a concern for the Minister of Police to host a national summit on police killings in July 2011, which resulted in a ‘Ten Point Implementation Plan’ to address this problem.

So why are the murders of farmers not being prioritised by the government? There is already a crisis in commercial agriculture and these attacks are making it worse. If this situation continues it will have a very negative impact on the rural economy and South Africa’s food security.

It is crucially important for government to prioritise the security of our farming community and to resume the monitoring and reporting of these attacks and murders. We will all be worse off if the government continues to ignore this pressing problem.

Johan Burger is a senior researcher of Crime and Justice Programme at the ISS in Pretoria.

http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/a51c4e804d1ef0a89856f9e570eb4ca2/Farm-murders-remain-a-concern-20121810
 
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Or more likely the race obsessed media is focusing on that.

But still shocking that it happened. Shows race is a factor in these attacks.
Yeah I bet that farmer dropped quite a few k-bombs at the intruders.
 

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The one intruder was quoted "I am not your k%ffir", what would have made him say that?
When was he quoted? The article says no arrests have been made.

But regardless, he's a criminal so would obviously lie.
 
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