Phiyega urged to prioritise farm attacks

2012-07-02 13:03

National police commissioner Riah Phiyega must declare farm murders a priority crime, civil rights group AfriForum has said.

It also wanted the commissioner to establish specialist units to deal with rural safety, AfriForum deputy CEO Ernst Roets said in a statement today.

“We are not calling for the attacks to be elevated above any other murders. The reality, however, is that a disproportionate number of farmers are murdered compared with the national murder rate.

“We intend to meet with both [Police Minister Nathi] Mthethwa and Phiyega soon and are currently drawing up a comprehensive report on the scope and impact of farm attacks with the assistance of various experts.”

Several farm attacks took place in June.

A 57-year-old farmer was robbed of an undisclosed amount of money on his farm in Lichtenburg, North West, on June 8.

An elderly couple was attacked on their farm near Ladysmith, in KwaZulu-Natal, on June 11.

An elderly farmer was shot dead and his wife was wounded when they were attacked on their farm in Tolwe, Limpopo, on June 20.

A Northern Cape man was attacked on a farm near Kuruman on June 24.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.