South Africa : Seven Farm Murders in First Two Weeks of 2015

The civil rights organisation AfriForum has said that seven farm murders have already been committed in 2015.

“This is more than one farm murder every two days. If this trend is any indication of the rate of farm murders in 2015, it means that there will be more than 200 farm murders,” AfriForum deputy CEO Ernst Roets said in a statement quoted by CityPress.

In the Free State province three murders were committed in one day.

The attacks took place as follows;

1 January     Sasolburg, Free State     Farmer shot in upper body while investigating suspected trespassing.
5 January     Estcourt, KwaZulu-Natal     Farmer shot in stomach. Bakkie, cell phone and laptop were stolen.
5 January     Lephalale, Limpopo     Farmer’s wife found with wire around her neck, strangled. Two cell phones and bakkie were stolen.
8 January     Muldersdrift, Gauteng     Farmer and his wife tied together. The man was assaulted with a brick and a shovel until he succumbed to his injuries. His wife survived.
12 January     Theunissen, Free State     Farm house set alight, with woman’ body inside. Hilux bakkie and firearms were stolen.
12 January     Bainsvlei, Free State     Couple murdered on farm.

Thousands of white South African farmers have been murdered across South Africa in recent years.

AfriForum and the agricultural union TAU SA will present a joint press conference in Centurion on this coming Thursday, 15 January, where the statistics on farm attacks and farm murders that were committed in 2014, will be announced. Among others, these attacks will be plotted on a map of the country and the most vulnerable areas will be highlighted. An action plan will be announced at the event.