Farm attacks decrease – Riah Phiyega

2014-10-06 18:54

Farm murders have decreased in the last four years, says national police commissioner Riah Phiyega.

“When we refer to data there is a progressive decline in the number of farm killings,” she said at the SA Human Rights Commission’s hearings on safety and security in farming communities today.

According to the police’s presentation at the hearing, farm murders decreased between 2010 and 2013.

Seventy-one farm murders were recorded during the 2010/11 period in 665 incidents. This fell to 56 murders in 514 incidents in 2011/12.

The number increased to 60 murders in 556 attacks in 2012/13. In the 2013/14 period there were 58 murders in 402 incidents.

Phiyega said government had invested much in the police.

According to the police’s presentation at the hearing, all reported cases of violence on farms and smallholdings were captured on a database and analysed for sharing with the rural safety priority committee.

She denied that farm murders were not included in the annual crime statistics.

She said the police followed an inclusive and integrated approach and could not single out farm murders from other crimes.

Meanwhile, the Institute for Security Studies said farm attacks were not racially motivated.

“People went to farms to steal, motivated by greed,” said researcher Johan Burger.

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