AfriForum: Five farm murders in August

Johannesburg - There were five farm murders in South Africa in August, civil rights group AfriForum said on Wednesday.

"August was a horrific month in terms of farm attacks. There were 22 confirmed attacks and five confirmed murders. Seventeen murders were reported in the last three months," spokesperson Ian Cameron said in a statement.

He urged people in farming areas to join safety initiatives to prevent farm attacks. There were many agricultural and farming organisations, private institutions, and community initiatives people could get involved with.

"Government fails to protect people. We must therefore do it ourselves. Government often says citizens cannot act, but it is our right as civilians to protect our lives and our property," Cameron said.

According to AfriForum, the five farm murders in August occurred in Ellisras and Letsitele in Limpopo, Hartbeespoort in North West, Vredendal in the Western Cape, and Elandskloof in Mpumalanga.

It named the victims as Koos Jonker, Piet van Zyl, Kobus van der Westhuizen, Coba Odendaal, and Josef Puleng Makua.

A total of 87 farm attacks had been reported to AfriForum this year, which was a conservative estimate, Cameron said.

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Bafana Malaza 2014-09-03 09:45:10 PM
Only 5...?? Something is not right with this figure. Was expecting a much higher number.
Deon Du Plessis 2014-09-03 10:20:15 PM
@Nku. Uhmmm not to sure where u got your info from, but actually the goverment owns most of the land is S.A. Why not go ask them to "share the land"?
graphanex2008 2014-09-03 10:21:37 PM
Black? White? Can we stop with this already! Farmers provide our country with food security. You murder a farmer and you threaten food security and a whole lot of valuable skills are lost for eternity
Motofogo Mulilo 2014-09-03 10:29:22 PM
Which other group of professionals were murdered last month? Or AfriForum doesn't keep those numbers.
Alvino Horn 2014-09-03 11:39:38 PM
And how many murders on the Cape Flats?
Alvino Horn 2014-09-03 11:51:32 PM
And how many murders on the Cape Flats?
Jafta Kholofelo Tshebesebe 2014-09-04 12:09:14 AM
And stupid ppl will conclude/allege that is SA black community who are killing them.........look we not involved, you guys hire zimbos n all kinds of cheap labour, in the end they kill you
Elsbeth Bertha Verhoeven 2014-09-04 03:23:45 AM
Nku, you need millions to farm. farming is not easy. If you want a farm then you must have a business plan.
Elsbeth Bertha Verhoeven 2014-09-04 03:25:34 AM
Nku, where do you want the whites to go? Can they come and put shacks on a black farmer's land?
JeanClaude Vandamme 2014-09-04 07:10:13 AM
they seem to think that they are the only ones experiencing crime not to mention being that much more important than other, how many mob attacks have you read about? that should say something about crime and who's suffering just as much