AfriForum launches month of protest against farm murders

2015-10-28 13:50
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Johannesburg - A national protest month against farm murders is needed, as it is clear police do not consider the crime a priority, civil rights organisation AfriForum said on Wednesday.

In a statement, Deputy CEO Ernst Roets said December 1 2015, would be the fifth anniversary of the murder of the Potgieter family on their farm close to Lindley in the Free State.

"Attie Potgieter, 40, was stabbed 151 times with garden forks, pangas and other tools, while his wife Wilna, 36, and their little daughter Willemien, 2, had to look on."

He said Willemien was then hit over the head with a sharp object, shot in the head and dumped in a box in the outbuilding.

"After Wilna had witnessed the murder of her husband and daughter, she was taken back to the farm house, hit over the head a number of times and then shot in the neck," Roets said.

"Although Government had regretted the Potgieter murders in the media, it is quite evident that the police does (sic) not consider farm murders a priority at all."

Since then, hundreds of farmers have been killed on their farms, many in the most brutal ways imaginable.

He said if government and police laughed the matter away, AfriForum would ensure they were embarrassed in the international arena.

As such, AfriForum would declare November 2015 as a national month of protest against farm murders.

"Various actions will be launched during November that will focus on increasing international pressure on the South African government to prioritise farm murders," Roets said.

Other actions AfriForum would take included approaching the High Court for an order to compel police to publish their statistics on farm murders and make known their compilation methodology.

The organisation had already registered to address the United Nation's forum on minority issues regarding farm murders in the last week of November.

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