Farm attacks could reach 'highest level in 8 years'

2013-02-01 22:04

Cape Town - Farm attacks could reach its highest level in eight years if murders continued unabated, the Transvaal Agricultural Union (TAU SA) said on Friday.

"If the tendency from January 2012... should be applied to 2013, based on the January [2013] figures, 82 people could be murdered in 218 attacks on farms this year," TAU SA's deputy president Henry Geldenhuys said.

"It would be the highest rate since 2005, when 115 people were killed on farms."

According to the union, 51 people died in farm attacks last year.

Of these, five murders took place in January 2012.

Eight people were killed in related attacks in January this year.

Geldenhuys said it was inconceivable, in the light of these figures, that Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa had not yet responded to their urgent request for discussions a year ago.

"There are many suggestions that we would like to discuss with Mthethwa in order to offer our help, but then he should grasp the opportunity for such discussions with both hands instead of ignoring us or discrediting us in the media."

On Thursday, Mthethwa told The New Age business breakfast that farms were "not special" and did not deserve to have more police focus than any other area in the country.

"What I have refused to accede to is [the idea] that farms are special areas in our society. No, they are not. They are part and parcel of the rural safety plan," he said.

Mthethwa said certain agricultural groups had been making farm murders political.

"We have said to those who want to do nasty politicking on this matter that they must take a broader view... and ensure that we talk about rural safety in totality."

  • Antonie - 2013-02-01 22:30

    Tloto. I would love to, but if I do you would starve to death my little native friend

  • liam.doherty.334 - 2013-02-01 22:49

    Speechless, so sad, the country is racist against whites that have built the land and created an economy. Its all downhill from here. RIP SA.

      reynardt - 2013-02-02 08:45

      Molefi you're the overcrowding ones. Overpopulating. Omdat julle sois donderse konyne spyker hahaha! Liewe Vader help ons, ons kan nie wen nie!

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2013-02-01 22:53

    How sad that the masses will not see the contribution white people have made to their lives. They are so caught up in their racial hatred that they are quite happy to land up in poverty like their fellow Zimbabwians.

      michael.smit.73997 - 2013-02-01 23:58

      i have been sent away(1000kms away) on work where i had to work on a site, the foreman never allowed us to have lunch breaks, we would work in sun (35 c) and rain. my incentive to be there was R250 a week, whites can suffer slave labour as well

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-03-01 09:08

      When starvation kicks it they will. Ask the people up in Africa that murdered their white farmers.

  • dewaldt.duplessis.5 - 2013-02-01 23:29

    There had been another farm attack in Vryheid kzn where I live. An elderly white woman had been burned with an iron! When will this Savagery stop!

      dewaldt.duplessis.5 - 2013-02-02 00:16

      Womba.wonder things like this shouldn't happen in the first place! Go to any first world country and you will see. They don't have to lock there homes, they can walk free at night. Old people don't get murdered or raped. Farmers are being looked after, their government subsidizes them to compete in the International market. Unlike our excuse of a third world country.

      nico.eksteen.7 - 2013-02-02 04:18

      I've come to the conclusion that savagery is in their blood. They also kill their own race by the hords. That's how things roll with the black man in SA.

      dewaldt.duplessis.5 - 2013-02-02 04:27

      Nico.eksteen we are becoming an extinct race here in SA. You are absolutely right it is in their blood. I think they are getting a kick out of it by killing us whites. Its time that we retaliate and fight fire with fire!

      lj.roos - 2013-02-02 10:34

      I always try to figure out a motive, is this brutally accelerated land reform instigated by the ANC or Youth League? Is this some sort of jealousy spewing up from the squatter camps? I don't like the fact that all these murders most often than not involve torture, that points to a motive. If there is no genuine overarching plot then I am VERY worried about me and my family's safety in the city, because this will eventually boil over to the densely populated areas. The most horrible thing I also realized, is that by 2020 you will probably be able to claim Asylum most legitimately as a European person from South Africa should this little issue with systematic murders accelerate.

      dewaldt.duplessis.5 - 2013-02-02 10:49

      Milimilllba.siqendu don't speak nonsense. The Farmers here in Vryheid respect their workers and the workers respect the farmers they work hard together. My fathers friend even bought his farm worker 7 cattle and gave him 4 pigs so that he can learn how to farm and look after his family. They make jokes together and support each other. And the other farmers here gives their workers a place to stay and support their families. So please refrain from speaking this utter BS!

  • nevergrowupgirl - 2013-02-01 23:45

    Why attack an 80 year old couple and then just run off with the staff wages and some cell phones? Even the staff's wages for crying out loud! If it was about land, they would have acted differently. It is just savagery to do something like that, regardless of skin colour. Just remember, to everyone complaining about the white people living here too, grow up and go study your own history too. If you want to get technical, pack your bags too, and head back to central Africa. After all, the Khoikhoi lived her for millennia before any Africans made their way down here. I am just as African as you are, because I was born here too. It is time to stop making these stupid comments wishing white people are dead or that they would just leave. This is the only opportunity to make things work for ALL of us. So how about showing some respect to the people who have lost their lives on farms. If it carries on like this, we will all be standing in long queues begging for food parcels from the UN, and waiting for medical care from Doctors Without Borders.

  • jantjie - 2013-02-02 00:20

    How stupid can you get?

  • pieter.olivier.37 - 2013-02-02 00:27

    Start small private militaries on farms; Get a 'farmer fund' up and running to fund these militaries - farmers contribute small portion of land and profits for these militaries, do fundraisers etc. Positives - farmers will be protected and young people will have access to proper military training. Win-win situation.

      nico.eksteen.7 - 2013-02-02 04:06

      Well, they had a commando system going before the ANC banned it. ANC does not like farmers protecting themselves because it does not fit in with their long-term plan to get rid of the white man from the farms. They are bargaining on the fear factor so that white farmers leave on own accord.

      pieter.olivier.37 - 2013-02-02 09:29

      Nico, we need to find a resolution. I'm just thinking out loud. If there was a commando system, it worked and it got banned, then we need to do everything in our power to remove the ban or at the least find some other alternative to protect our farmers. We should stop reasoning, get our fingers out of our bums and start doing before all our farmers has left.

      ronald.stilianou - 2013-02-02 15:41

      What we are seeing today is a direct result of banning the commandos. This was the plan all along, the question is, for how long are they going to stick to it?

  • sbacosta - 2013-02-02 01:14

    Really really SIMPLE. No Farmers = NO FOOD. Black, or White... Everyone needs food.

      reynardt - 2013-02-02 09:04

      If I may ask, are you black or white?

  • Nathan Lombard - 2013-02-02 01:32

    To everyone who believes that the ANC can't see the need for something to be done, stop being naive. They know very well what they are doing. It's their very inactive approach to this problem that shouts their intentions to every one who was capable of passing matric before the syllabus was dumbed down.

  • sergio.o.williams - 2013-02-02 03:24

    what gets me is that they murder the frail and even todlers!!!

      dimitar.kostov.1048 - 2013-02-02 05:52

      It's the African way. They don't just murder they hack them into pieces. I've seen pictures of the crime scenes and its like watching pictures from a Hollywood horror movie. These people re not just murdered they are tortured, horibly beaten and then murdered if they are lucky. Noone wants to see the pictures because of their gruesomeness and the media never mentions how the killing is done. Nor do they mention that in 90% of cases nothing is stolen from the property which means that the criminals went into the propery with the sole intention of killin and raping. This is not normal crime this is genocide. But noone wants to use the word Genocide because it's govenment supported murder. And God forbid we offend someone by talking about the truth.

      judith.p.miller.7 - 2013-02-03 00:23

      They also seem to take just the man in the house out as well sometimes. This basically breaks the back of the farm and stops the industry. I don't think the wives have the specialised training to stay behind and run the farm alone. The husband and wife are a team. It's terrible than that wife and children and all the employees and the whole country is affected. Land lays unused for a stretch of time and the community is broken up. We are all affected by a farm murder.

      lizanne.smith.75 - 2013-02-05 11:51

      Cowards! The lot of them

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-03-01 09:11

      In the apartheid years they planted bombs in shopping centres, targeting women and children, now they murder and rape the women and children on the farms. a Leopard don't change its spots

  • josie.russell.10 - 2013-02-02 04:24


  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2013-02-02 04:31

    Kill the white man one by one and then turn on their own. Last fat cat standing. That's how they roll in SA.

  • Asdiedamwalbars - 2013-02-02 05:32

    Why don't the minister tell the media why do they hide the statsitics and information about farm attacks and occurances from the well as their lack to positively investigate, arrest and follow ups on the culprit terrorists?.

      dimitar.kostov.1048 - 2013-02-02 06:54

      They dont hide statistics. They make them up.

      Ptolemy - 2013-03-15 10:40

      We are on genocide watch: Google genocide watch and you will see. But this does not seem to bother our rulers, since their supporters mostly do not have internet and supporters plus rulers perhaps could not care either way

  • maraisl - 2013-02-02 06:17

    Ok so here is a solution. If workers can strike for 100% increases, then why not just increase produce prices by 200% untill police feel it's important enough to protect farmers. Yes people will suffer, but there is one thing I know. People need food to survive. Maybe it's time to have farmers unite. It's time to demand. It's the African way;) and no - I'm not a farmer

      judith.p.miller.7 - 2013-02-03 00:17

      If you shop for food you will realise that it has already increased by a huge amount. This should tell you that supply is already tight. Perhaps demand for a wide variety of food has fallen and that might be the reason why there is less variety to choose from....

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-03-01 09:12

      With our criminal and violent police, I'm not sure that I'll trust them on any farm.

  • mel.webster.965 - 2013-02-02 06:25

    Ugly country ugly people.

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2013-02-02 21:24

      Whats your ff.. Bussiness here?

  • joe.whiteman.9 - 2013-02-02 06:50

    @ tlotlo In an aeroplane you would be the Black Box !!!!!!!!!!!

  • esievers - 2013-02-02 07:15

    To say farmers aren't special is idiotic... Farmers produce food and food is the cornerstone of any country's economy and ability to function properly! If a country's ability to continue producing food is being attacked of course it's a "special" case which should get proper attention! Farmers are not more important as human beings than other people being murdered, that's fine, but can't the police think about the bigger picture?? If this was happening in the 1st world there would be special units and departments created to make sure it was stopped...

  • esievers - 2013-02-02 07:25

    In South Africa everything is seen as race issue, so because farmers are typically white they won't get help... Dumb government can't see the bigger picture ever, just keeping up with their reverse apartheid ideology...

  • matshane.seleko - 2013-02-02 07:42

    Part of rural safety plan.What rural safety plan?People are murdered everyday,farmers(the country's food producers),probably being more vulnerable because of slogans like 'kill the farmer,kill the boer'.So,where is this plan the minister has talked about countless times,or is it yet to be implemented?When will the minister stop denying reality and start to act accordingly?

      matshane.seleko - 2013-02-02 09:22

      Don't make me laugh,van.wyk whatever,for you know what you are saying will never happen.Ok,kiss mine and see if you change from pink,or is it red,to brown.It is people like you,including those thumbing up your response to my comment,that this country do not need.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-02 10:47

      Abdulbaith. Sayegh. This white fought for your liberation. But go ahead and hate me, ignorance has never hurt me yet.

  • dimitar.kostov.1048 - 2013-02-02 07:49

    Im so tired of talking about this. Why dont all the farmers just move to other African countries who will actually take them with open arms. Leave these criminals to starve and crash the economy.

  • Stephan Stockhoff - 2013-02-02 07:55

    All you people that say farmers should be attacked. Remember one thing. As you have remembered what apartheid did to your fathers, so will our children remember what you are doing to us. One day you will regret your actions. History repeats itself. And yes i am white, and yes i am proud, but - am as south african as any black or coloured or indian. If you don't like it then you move because i won't

  • jackie.dekock.7 - 2013-02-02 08:17

    All you stupid people, the one hand washes the other can't you see. Stop fighting you are giving the politicians what they want, they need us to figt to keep collecting the money. The white farmer needs his people as do the black farmers, all South-African's is Boere white and black we all farmed to provide for our families. Stop bikkering and look around you, they love the fighting.

      dimitar.kostov.1048 - 2013-02-02 08:26

      Don't come here with your counter revolutionary stories. We as christians want more violence.

      jackie.dekock.7 - 2013-02-02 08:44

      And you don,t even know what it means,I really feel sorry for you. See the bigger picture, it is a political chess game, they will not educate the masses they need those votes, and even the ones they do educate is through their schools. Wake up.

  • ettiene.roets.3 - 2013-02-02 08:37

    What Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa fails to understand, is that if there are no farmers, or if they continue to be murdered and their numbers decline further, who will provide our food? Exports will also suffer and our economy will plummet even further into the black abyss. But no, please, by all means, keep voting for ANC.

  • Desiree.D.Rowe - 2013-02-02 08:42

    I no longer care if it black, white ,pink or green farmers or their workers. The killing has to stop we need both to survive. I am African just like anybody else born and raised in this country why must I settle for any kind of discrimination against anybody. Some of those farmers have been working that land for generations they have just much right as anyone else. The only way for us to make things work is for us to work together and stop living in the past, yes it happened, yes it was terrible but at some point it has to be left behind or we all suffer TOGETHER. it won't be just one or two groups suffering it will be every single person as a country. Stop using emotion and start using common sense.

  • lourens.dupreez - 2013-02-02 08:58

    It is actually genocide!!!! And the government is ignoring it!

  • lydia.bekker - 2013-02-02 09:33

    For the first time in along time I think there could be hope for our country when all of us South Africans are standing together to condemn what is happening to our farmers!! I would also like to raise the question: Why are the farmers being murdered, why them specifically? Has the govt got ulterior motives?

  • Ddatruth - 2013-02-02 10:11

    "it's not about black or white coz we human"tupac shakur

      lj.roos - 2013-02-02 10:41

      Tupac is awesome.

  • sabelo.l.mthembu - 2013-02-02 10:30

    This race debate and everyone trying to discredit other people from other races is really boring now. Instead of being so negative why don't we all come together to face and come with positive things that could assist in this horrible situation going on with farmers. They are people too, and they feed so many families and contribute so much into our economy. Less negative and more positive solutions to this problem facing our country.

      lj.roos - 2013-02-02 10:42

      Hey man, don't pay attention to news24, I'm pretty sure its full of fake accounts and most of it is little S&$* stirrers trying to get a rise out of people. This news story is very horrible though.

      frank.hall.7509 - 2013-03-07 15:27

      At last a sensible comment Thank you Sabelo

  • lj.roos - 2013-02-02 10:40


  • bob.robertson.3363 - 2013-02-02 10:45

    Clearly Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa was not in the queue when brain cells were being installed, because the man has very little to think with. Consider his words: "What I have refused to accede to is [the idea] that farms are special areas in our society. No, they are not. They are part and parcel of the rural safety plan," If he is incapable of understanding how farms are indeed special areas in our society, where does he think our fruit, vegetables and dairy products come from? Does he think they are all produced at the markets from where retailers buy them? Please resign Minister Mthethwa and make way for someone with more brain cells than you.

      Ptolemy - 2013-03-15 10:54

      What if , within the ANC's huge membership there just is no one more capable? I mean with more brain cells?

  • Insanity.rulesall - 2013-02-02 11:29

    The country is spiraling out of control and the only thing most(not all) of you can do is vomit useless racist drivel on here..These killings are just absolutely senseless and evil..and the same goes to every other killing in this country..the fact that one group highlights the plight of farmers in no way negates the rest of the senseless killings in SA everyday..if all of us together, black, white, Indian, coloured, and everyone in between, to the sides, etc get together and strongly condemn these killings, then we can make a difference..

  • papzu - 2013-02-02 11:52

    For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten SON, made him walk on water, turned water into wine and he died, came back after three days. Whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Farms are special places in the eyes of God, He shall send his angels to protect farmers, arm them with holly bibles. Leave Mr Mthethwa. Accept the lord as your saviour

  • lee.brand.73 - 2013-02-02 13:01

    Why? Because farmers are sitting ducks for the savages. They are isolated and generally old. No money for elaborate security and they trust their workers - its not them that murder them. The minister is a fool. You dont just kill the farmer - you wipe out the farm and all those who depend on it. Each farm is a community which is destroyed. Food production drops a bit more and food prices go up. We will reach a stage where only the minister and his corrupt buddies will be able to afford food. Are we going to wait until then?

  • russell.sibusisoxaba - 2013-02-02 13:53

    This threatening matter is still on progress but it never treated as such from Department of Safety

  • jay.kganyago.5 - 2013-02-02 14:02

    We used to have justice for whites but not blacks, now we have justice for blacks and not whites. When are we just going to do what is right.

      Die.Gemaskerde.Kussing - 2013-02-02 14:13

      Amen to that man! Just stop blaming the past and building a future.

  • jan.nel.756 - 2013-02-02 14:14

    For heavens sake, bring back the death penalty!

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-02-05 14:11

      Lol, with the ANC in charge, who do you think will get the death penalty?

  • Die.Gemaskerde.Kussing - 2013-02-02 14:20

    The crime in this country is overall disgusting. Seems like human life holds no value to anyone anymore. Sad that this country has so much potential if everyone would just drop their issues and work together.

      Alan - 2013-02-02 16:24

      Metwetwa says that the police will provide no additional protection, seems to me there is NO protection at all. Farmers must therefore arm themselves in colective commando squads with whatever means necessary (assualt weapons, grenades, napalm etc) to protect their families and farms.

  • anaska.israel - 2013-02-02 16:54

    Something DRASTIC should be done for these brutal attacks as the figures will only escalate!! DOES THE GOVERNMENT REALLY CARE - I do not think so!!

  • mordikaai.speak - 2013-02-02 17:39

    We have a very large group of people in South Africa that only care about themselves and those very close to them the rest are of little to no importance. The only time minorities are needed is for tax and to blame for everything that has ever or will ever go wrong. This works for them so who are we to have demands and remember there are many African groups that form part of the minorities.

  • terence.wessels - 2013-02-02 17:57

    Skerp punt ammunisie. Le houding laai. Skiet die bliksems boere.

  • samgaf - 2013-02-02 18:21

    We need the KKK

  • Emile Josephs - 2013-02-02 19:05

    what makes mtethwa and the rest of the politicians special? why do they need bodyguards, which we are paying for?

  • surita.coetzer - 2013-02-03 10:57

    How long are we going to stand for this enough is enough!!!!!

  • wayne.m.tomlinson - 2013-02-03 15:27

    Whites In general are losing their identity, whilst Black Consciousness and African Studies are on the positive growth side. We are told, by government and our own that we must not focus on our race but on our identity as a whole. I agree with the concept of nation building, but forgetting your identity, be it white, black, coloured or indian, is not going to create a rainbow nation living in harmony. Whites need to start being proud of their identity again. Those who are christian don't denounce their faith because of the crusades or Jewish Prosecutions in the 17th Century. White people are afraid of mentioning and praising any white person who wasn't so openly involved in the struggle against apartheid, because today, the only white people we feel brave enough to celebrate are those that fought apartheid. What about those who did great things and were not concerned with politics. People who have largely been forgotten. We need to step up and start believing in ourselves and celebrating our history and arrival on the african continent. Thabo Mbeki in 1996 gave a beautiful speech regarding what it means to be african, and he included whites along with their history. He was decent enough to realise that we have a history too, and yet at the same time are african.

  • justin.palmer.5095 - 2013-02-03 19:13

    easy to downplay farm SLAUGHTER while your mouth is full of the food grown on the same farms that are " -"not special" and did not deserve to have more police focus than any other area in the country."

  • lmeissen - 2013-02-05 11:50

    Elke liewe minister is maar net meer onosel as die vorige een. As daar nie boerdery is nie, is daar nie 'n land nie! Hoe moeilik is dit dan nou om te verstaan??

  • mikaelapace - 2013-02-10 14:07

    Its unacceptable that farm crimes have reached such a high level and not enough is being done about it. People, protect yourselves! Don't wait for the government to intervene. Join together. I URGE everyone to look at for the latest on farm attacks and suggested solutions! this is a fantastic forum for all south africans - victims of crime or not - to share experiences, chat together and unite over all crime in our country, farm attacks included. The Victim Support Network is not just for victims of crime but for everyone hoping to benefit in some way from past experiences and to post solutions or things that have worked for them in the past.

  • Spats Domingo - 2013-03-15 09:53

    What rural safety plan is our "esteemed" minister alluding to? He is racist and subscribes to the anc doctrine that farmland was stolen from their ancestors. That is why he makes the statement "What I have refused to accede to is [the idea] that farms are special areas in our society. No, they are not". In addition, farmers can no longer protect themselves because the likes of Mthethwa and his anc government have systematically disarmed not only the farmers but us the legal gun owners while criminals are armed to the teeth. Another Zim on its way. Farming areas turned to dust bowls.

  • Mike Hansonn - 2013-03-18 11:37

    Farmers should better equip themselves for the worst,plant claymore and blow up these monolithic mindset savages.

  • Real Paul Denton - 2013-04-09 23:56

    every nation is an idea... every human being is a nation... when we transcend nation states we will at last understand there is only one nation...the human nation. amen