Farm attacks worst in Gauteng - study

2013-05-09 21:06
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Johannesburg - Gauteng is the most dangerous province in the country in terms of farm attacks, according to a new book released on Thursday.

Nearly 20% (about 663) of the 3 319 farm attacks recorded in the country between 1990 and 2012 occurred in Gauteng, according to publishing company Kraal Uitgewers.

Within the rest of the country, 15.3% of attacks happened in Mpumalanga, 15.2% in the North West, and 12.7% in Limpopo.

The Free State recorded 11.8%, KwaZulu-Natal 11.5%, the Eastern Cape 7% and the Western Cape 4.7%.

The Northern Cape was the safest province, with only 1.6% of farm attacks happening in the province.

The study is included in a book called Treurgrond: Die Realiteit van Plaasaanvalle [Place of Sorrow: The Reality of Farm Attacks] 1990-2012, released on Thursday.

Kraal Uitgewers said the figures were based on the number of attacks in each province, and were not related to the number of residents or the number of farms or smallholdings in the provinces.

The study found an average of three attackers were involved in each case. In some attacks there were as many as 10 assailants.

According to the book, 42.6% of farm attack victims were aged 61 or older.

People 51 and older represented 62.7% of all victims.

The book was compiled by Dirk Hermann, deputy general secretary of trade union Solidarity, Ilze Nieuwoudt from the union's publishing house Kraal Uitgewers, and Chris van Zyl from the Transvaal Agricultural Union.

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