‘He is just another number’

2011-02-09 08:35

The 78-year-old uncle of Solidarity’s deputy-general secretary, Dirk Hermann, has been killed in a farm attack, Beeld newspaper reported today.

Limpopo police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Ronel Otto confirmed that the body of Frik Hermann was found on his farm near Alma in Limpopo yesterday.

He was found by a friend with his hands tied behind his back. He had been dead for a few days.

Dirk Hermann told the Afrikaans daily that his uncle had lived alone on his farm.

“My uncle’s number is 1 647 – he is the 1 647th farmer to be killed [since 1991, according the Transvaal Agriculture Union’s statistics].

There won’t be any marches in the streets, he is just another number – the number before 1 648. That makes me furious,” said Hermann.

The Solidarity civil rights group last year launched an anti-crime campaign and delivered 16 000 letters to President Jacob Zuma ahead of his state-of-the-nation address, appealing to him to take action against sky-high crime rates.

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