Prioritise farm attacks, says union

2012-03-13 14:47

Johannesburg - Farm attacks should be made a priority crime, commercial farmers' union TAU SA said on Wednesday.

"We need to confirm whether rural safety is really treated down at grassroot levels as a priority, because we don't get that impression," assistant general manager Chris van Zyl said in Pretoria.

He was speaking at a meeting organised by the union to discuss ways to curb farm murders.

Van Zyl said TAU was concerned at the police's ability to investigate violent crimes.

Union deputy president Henry Geldenhuys said Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa had been scheduled to address the meeting, but failed to show up. This was cause for concern, he said.

"Farm attacks can't continue at the current rate... Is this the concern that the police and ministry put to the matter? This is a source of great concern for us."

Ministry spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said they did not confirm attendance to the meeting because they had not been invited.

  • Piet - 2012-03-13 14:56

    I do not think it will ever happen! Genocide all the way!!!!

      Penny - 2012-03-13 14:58


      Pythagoras - 2012-03-13 15:10

      Just looking at that photo saddens my heart. Us white people are a dying breed in SA and nobody is doing anything about it. We are being slaughtered like animals.

      Gollum - 2012-03-13 22:25

      Consider how many blue-light vehicles, public funded secure homes & bodyguards politicians feel they need to have. Then try remember when last one was attacked. Now consider how many farmers have been attacked and how many politicians even feel it's worth mentioning in any of their speeches.

  • Penny - 2012-03-13 14:59

    We must all work together to protect farmers and their families from these racist attacks. South Africa needs food, we cannot afford to lose our famers. Every farmer needs to be armed AT ALL TIMES. Sad but true

  • TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-03-13 15:00

    Thank you, TAU. for trying. It is time the we bring Commandos back. We are sitting ducks on our farms and smallholdings.

      Penny - 2012-03-13 15:02

      Yes, disarming the South Africa public and doing away with commandos was not a good idea. We live in Africa, in a crime-filled country, we need the appropriate levels of security present at all times. Not sure who the decision makers were when some of those things were decommissioned, but they clearly made the wrong decisions.

      JohhnyBGood - 2012-03-13 15:49

      One of days very few people will be able to afford food. Why you ask? "The number of commercial farmers in South Africa have plummeted from a high of 85,000 in 1994 to 11,600 today. The new numbers, released by South African farmers union Agri-SA, become even more of a shock given the number was approximately 13,500 a few months back."

      rhys.vetner - 2012-03-13 15:51

      Unfortunately I don’t have the cash, otherwise I would have taken this commando’s/rural safety issue straight to the con-court for their view – as judges are to be objective. Or we start a rural safety company – basically “commandos” in a sense, any one agree?

      Johnny - 2012-03-16 07:35

      Farmers are leaving at a dramatic speed and we are already feeling the heat. For the past year South Africa has experienced a massive maize shortage and were forced to import at high costs. I agree, bring back the commandos and arm every farmer and his wife with an R4.

  • Den - 2012-03-13 15:07

    This will never happen, we must start protecting each other.

      Penny - 2012-03-13 15:11

      We can achieve A LOT by looking out for each other. That's so true!

  • looneylani - 2012-03-13 15:09

    To those that are racist OR are not looking at the bigger picture here: the farmers that are being killed are no longer able to provide any produce to the country. It's not always about the people that are being killed, but the aftermath!

      looneylani - 2012-03-13 15:29

      People, families and eventually the nation will be affected by the killings. WAKE UP!

  • Johann - 2012-03-13 15:10

    2011 Statistics: Rhino 'murders' = 448 Human Murders = 18250

      J-Man - 2012-03-13 15:13

      That's because they actually (try to) PROTECT the rhinos....

  • Johann - 2012-03-13 15:15

    South Africa 2011 Latest Crime Statistics. Latest Statistics for crime in South Africa. Taken from the website and the United Nations 2011 report "International Statistics on Crime and Justice". This is South Africa's position in the World Crime Rankings: Some interesting statistics: Assaults (per capita) 12.0752 per 1,000 people [1st of 57] Gun violence > Homicides > % homicides with firearms 59.2028 [2nd of 32] Gun violence > Homicides > Firearm homicide rate > per 100,000 pop. 74.5748 [1st of 32] Gun violence > Homicides > Non-firearm homicide rate > per 100,000 pop. 51.3901 [2nd of 32] Gun violence > Homicides > Overall homicide rate > per 100,000 pop. 125.965 [B][1st of 32] Manslaughters 11,202 [2nd of 42] Manslaughters (per capita) 0.247181 per 1,000 people [1st of 43] Murders (per capita) 0.496008 per 1,000 people [2nd of 62] Murders with firearms 31,918 [1st of 36] Murders with firearms (per capita) 0.719782 per 1,000 people [1st of 32] 50 PEOPLE PER DAY !!! 365 X 50= 18 250 MURDERS PER YEAR !!! 448 Rhino “murders” for 2011 .... Prisoners 181,944 prisoners [2nd of 168] Rapes (per capita) 1.19538 per 1,000 people [1st of 65] ...and much more ...

      Phumi - 2012-03-13 15:36


      Vaal-Donkie - 2012-03-13 15:46

      It helps if one views these figurs in terms of something more tangible. I prefer looking at it in terms of a school full of pupils. Our school had 1500 pupils. That means that,according to these statistics every year: *18 pupils would have been assaulted *1 pupil would have been killed with a firearm *1 pupil would have been killed with something other than a firearm *2 girls would have been raped Let that sink in for a moment. 22 of your fellow pupils would have been victims of violent crime each year. That means in the five years you were at school, 110 pupils would have been victims: *90 assaulted *5 shot dead *5 killed by other means *10 girls raped

  • yvonnecraig.linton - 2012-03-13 15:39

    Phumi when you have been tied up, had a shotgun stuck in the back of your head, been stabbed, and had your belongings stolen ,at the hands of 5 masked blacks, and your neighbour is 5 kms away then you would be at liberty to make idiotic,narrow-minded comments.

  • Gavin - 2012-03-13 15:42

    Unfortunately our incompetent government has so many holes to fill already as they've been sitting on their fat asses stealing for the last decade. Now they've realised that if they want some love from from the voting masses, they need to pull their fingers out of their oxygen supplies and actually make a difference. Change will come, things will improve, but not before all the farmers have been murdered and all the Rhinos are dead.

  • looneylani - 2012-03-13 15:48

    People... I don't think "attacking" each other on the internet is going to solve any of the issues in South Africa. Rather prove that you are making a positive contribution to this country... then support and help each other, so that we can prosper and move forward as a nation. Afterall, there are 11 official languages in South Africa... so stop dissing Afrikaans/zulu/Xhosa/Tswana etc... Get with the program people. Your opinion does count, if it is positive.

      blaqmonk - 2012-03-13 17:23

      True mate, nicely said and the majority of people in here pass each other in corridors and share fake smiles when they know deep inside they filled with hatred for one another, we should all live together in peace or part in peace if we fail to co-exist.

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-03-13 16:05

    I am with TAU SA on this one , police visibility should be increased in the farm lands and if needs be random roadblocks be conducted to deter wouldbe attackers

  • mmoledis - 2012-03-13 16:09

    Yes that is true as farmers are the countries best resources as they produce food for this country and also when they are then prioritised with security as this is a two way, they must also better the salaries of their workers and living conditions to suit intentional and national standards.

  • Makatikamusona - 2012-03-13 16:15

    There we go again, as if our resources are not scarce already. they are running a business so they must protect it like we do to our houses and spaza shops

  • Nick - 2012-03-13 16:39

    @Phumi,I am white a not a racist, but face the facys, whites are outnumbered about 10to 1,therefore there is 10 times for black criminals. If we are to follow Zuma's procreation ratios ther will be 400million people in SA in 1 generation and 4billion in 2 generations. Ther will not be enough foodto feed these people hence a horrific rise in crime. The ANC purposely keeps you uneducated and poor and hungry because the elite want the money for themselves and stay in power. Encouraging to have babies and keeping uneducated is their roadmap to stay in power. To hell with the poor We (ANC Elite) need the money.

      Makatikamusona - 2012-03-13 21:24

      You just proved to be racist again. I read your comment and it can only be made by a racist, and you judged yourself right there by saying you are not a racist, not put the proper stick on your face which read "I AM A RACIST SO WHAT"

  • Nick - 2012-03-13 16:41

    Typing issues Face the facts There is 10 times the potential of black criminals.

      blaqmonk - 2012-03-13 17:20

      Correct because they are in the masses, statistically and most living below the poverty threshold. Crime is still inexcusable though

  • John - 2012-03-13 16:56

    "Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa had been scheduled to address the meeting, but failed to show up." "Zweli Mnisi said they did not confirm attendance to the meeting because they had not been invited." Yea right, I know who I believe.....

  • blaqmonk - 2012-03-13 17:19

    Honestly most comments i've read here had racial bias, "YOUR government", crime knows no race, everyone in South Africa is affected by crime, the reason most of the crime is committed by blacks in South Africa is because they are the greater part of the population, I doubt farm attacks are racially motivated, they are inexcusable but I would say they happen because the ppl commiting these crimes are under the perception that they will get wealthy from these crimes hence a surge in farm murders because people perceive whites as richer in SA, which is mostly true. We all need to stand against crime against all races and stop being racist, most of the comments here have racial undertones, is this the South Africa we all want to build for our kids? 'Be the change you want to see'

      Anne-Marie Botha Lanigan - 2012-03-13 17:24

      Time to accept your job working for the ANC. You certainly sound like them already!!!

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-13 19:14

    Hire AWB maybe it will help...

      Alfred - 2012-03-13 20:18

      Coming from a knuckle dragger who says, "Black is da new gold...loliiiiiiing..." and thinks it's spelled "metriculants" that's about the smartest thing you've said so far.

  • Johnson - 2012-03-26 13:36

    This government can not administrate its own affairs, let alone prevent this type of crime, let alone save the Rhino from extinction. Farmers should take their own safety in hand. There is more than enough white without jobs than can be employed and trained to assist with rural security. Unfortunately people will always complain and never do something to prevent this in the first place.

  • Andricca - 2012-06-21 10:15

    These things that Afrikaners think people being murdered in South Africa are some few white farmers is irritating & shows their level of ignorance. I would advise that they go to the Department of Criminology at Tuks & begin to understand stats, causes and history of murder in South Africa. Afrikaners must not hypocritically appear shocked by the direct legacy of apartheid's separate development as a social engineering policy. Had it not because of apartheid which used to murder people with impunity, such violent culture wouldn’t be so rife in our society. When we are reaping what apartheid intentionally sowed, afrikaners must never be allowed to cry foul or victims with their narrow & short-memory-based attitudes, they must be part of the solution & creating some earthly heavens to protect ill-gotten privileges should not be part of that solution - we need an integrated strategy to deal with crime comprehensively & not these nonsense they are talking about. In fact right wingers such as FF & AF are beginning to gain false confidence - they are even telling us that we must shut-up because the land never belongs to blacks - such garbage coming from a bunch of lunatics we are trying so hard to forgive & reconcile with. The League must continue to irritate them up until they come to their real senses or turn blue on their faces, we hv bee kind for far too long

  • ronnie.classens - 2012-08-14 16:46

    I have just read so MANY comments on this topic . . . 'Farm Murders', and I wonder involuntary WHO will do something about it. The politicians? Or maybe the various Farming Associations? Who's left? Who else can REALLY DO something about Farm Attacks? The bigger question is, "Who has the WILL to do something about it"? Personally I believe that the people who suffer most of all through these murders . . . the FARMERS THEMSELVES should rise up and resist in the strongest terms they can. THEY SHOULD UNITE ON A NATIONAL BASIS and strike! Yes, STRIKE! Like everybody else do in this country, when they demand whatever. Problem is, they got TOO MUCH to loose. Such resistance is always coupled with a sacrifice. In this case MONEY. Farmers should stop delivering produce to the markets for one day. Problem No. 2 is, what will they demand from Government if they do this 1 day strike? More police doing patrols in farming communities? What will they get from Government? Just more lip service and empty promises. Then strike for 1 week? Wow! Is this possible? How about demanding that the death penalty should be re-instituted. Shucks! I'm just daydreaming again. Something like this will probably NEVER happen. Wonder if it can work? WHO KNOWS? Let's rather wait till Zimbabwe rule comes to SA. Let's wait till they take ALL our farms. I have always believed that the WHOLE political situation in SA will turn and CHANGE when the 'boere' stand together again. The 'boere' that Malema sings about.

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