Make farm murders a priority - FF+

2012-02-22 20:11

Johannesburg - Farm murders should be declared a priority in view of a rise in the crime this year, the Freedom Front Plus said on Wednesday.

"The murder of yet another farmer [at Buffelshoek] is unacceptable and the FF Plus is worried about the increase in farm murders from the beginning of this year," FF Plus North West leader Pieter Groenewald said.

A 49-year-old farmer and his wife were overpowered by about five armed men on a farm in Buffelshoek on Monday. The farmer was shot dead and his wife was beaten and tied up.

Groenewald said a recent government study found a farmer was three times more likely to be killed in a farm attack than a security guard in a cash-in-transit heist.

"We have been asking for a long time that farm murders, just like transit heists, be declared a priority crime."

He said the FFPlus would continue to raise the issue in Parliament.

  • Wilma Crous - 2012-02-22 20:27

    Purely my opinion but I suspect there is a media block on most of these farm murders and shootings in our suburbs. Crime is much worse than we think or hear.

      mariuskowie - 2012-02-23 06:35

      You are right Wilma. What is exposed in the media is sanitized and filtered. downgraded the South African Genocide status to level 5 from Level 6 the beginning of February. Since then, I have noticed a significant increase in the reports regarding farm murders. The propaganda to make Farm Murders appear as if it is just normal crime also increased drastically. In the mean time the farming community is getting attacked and killed at even a higher rate than before. The Hatespeech Song is even more popular than before. Just look at this video clip: It was taken at the ANC centenary celebrations in Bloemfontein. Yes, it is Zuma singing. The translation of the words is freely available on the internet. And we are getting told there is no problem. !!!!!!

  • Makatikamusona - 2012-02-22 20:29

    FF+ need to understand that valuable life not only of thoose farmers, murders whether farmer or just a street kid are commited on a daily basis and that is of a serious concern. They should be voicing their concern about all sort of murders, and the death of a human being either farmer,farmworker,street kills they are all equal because it is a loss of soul from the body. I personally beleive farmers has enough resources including money to protect themselves,I know of the late old farmer just here at Sandown, the now called Innesfree park(used as a fan park during the world cup), he never take chances, he had ADT protecting every step he took. So I belive they could afford to protect themselves and in a way they will also be creating extra employment for the security. And anywhere outside their farm that will be treated just like all murders since I believe they don’t walk around with a sticker written “I am a farmer" Unfortunately criminals know where the money is at, I mean if they are looking for money and I don’t see them attacking a shack for case. We are not greatful for the wonderful job that General Bheki Cele did with the shoot to kill statement, as for me I see that the level of crime has decreased especially those of cash transit heist

      Tian - 2012-02-22 20:38

      Makatika. You are making an assumption based on one farmer that had enough money to afford security. If the farmers had money for private security, they would have had security. I was in the farm protection security business for a while and the only farmers that can afford it, are rich farmers who are few and far inbetween. Mostly wine and fruit farmers, I might add. The government is not serious about crime and they do not value human life. Period.

      Makatikamusona - 2012-02-22 20:48

      @Tian My apologies there for assumed that any commercial farmer is making enough money to can even hire the security. Well I guess then they must consider investing in Dogs like Pit Bulls,Rottweilers, etc. I understand that they are vulnerable because they are most in remote areas, but in this world of technology there are things like panic buttons, etc.

      Kgomotso - 2012-02-22 20:52

      look we are all afraid of our lives and those of our children. You go in Soweto, Cosmo City, Dairnfern every house you will find every window and doors have burglar bars and shooters,high halls, electric fences, security companies and CCTV cameras why everyone feels unsafe and try to put measures to protect themselve against criminal activities including murder. I will be highly offended if government can take my tax money and channel it to protect one group and overlook the rest what is that.FF+ is trying to insuate that farmers are more valuable and important than every soul in SA and that is extremely arrogant and devious

      Ben - 2012-02-22 21:19

      Should we not admit that crime is winning and the police are losing the battle. It has become so common that the police simply cant keep up.

      Vusi - 2012-02-22 21:28

      I am so proud of you Makatika. I always knew you were a problem solver. You have the ability to take a problem and find a solution! Viva Bro!!!!! Someone mentioned to me yesterday that we need to bring back the commandos. If that is what it is going to take, them we should do this and create employment!!!!!! And save lives!!!!!

      Brett Bruce - 2012-02-22 21:43

      You need to understand that farmers are very valuable as they produce the food that you shovel into that hole in your face. Far more valuable than gangsters that kill each other in townships. You will only realise this when it is too late.

      carpejugulim - 2012-02-23 05:28

      Makatika a panic button takes time to respond to and not all farmers have the money for a security company just the same as not all security companies offer protection for farmers. How many examples would you like? A veggie farm redistributed under the land claims act, 600 + workers laid off by the new owners. A citrus farm redistributed under the land claims act non viable because the new owners cut down all the citrus trees for firewood. Surprise surprise most farmers actually look after their staff because they do realise that farms are not productive without a work force. I do however think that you should take a careful look at exactly who is abusing their workers by underpaying them and overworking them and make 100% sure of the facts of allegations of sexual assault

      mariuskowie - 2012-02-23 06:55

      South African farmers are targeted for attacks. South African white Farmers is the group with the highest attack rate of any category, and it is getting made off as "normal crime" If this rate of attack was at for example, politicians, imagine the response of our security forces. But the attacks are targeting mere farmers. Now the response is to shout to the world that it is just normal crime.

      jscholtz - 2012-02-23 09:07

      You really think a panic button means anything? Unless the cops or security company are a few seconds away the only thing they are going to be there in time to do is to mop up the mess. How long do you think 15-20 minutes feels like waiting for help? An eternity? Technology can only do so much. I agree farmers should take every step to protect themselves but we have a government that makes that very difficult - try getting a firearm license for example. Farmers provide food - I remember that being important - apart from the fact that they are our fellow earthlings.

      Greg - 2012-02-23 10:22

      @makatika. Whilst I agree with you that any murder is totally unacceptable, you are very incorrect if you think that all farners are rich. I for one battle to rub two cents together and live a pretty humble existance, yet have had my home invaded twice. We don't need a sticker to say that we are farmers as 99% of the attacks take place on the victims farm premises.

  • Hallo - 2012-02-22 20:39

    Why? The rate of types of crime in question in farm areas is no greater than in built up areas and no where near most townships.

      mariuskowie - 2012-02-23 07:12

      What a bunch of excrement you are writing. In this article it states: "Groenewald said a recent government study found a farmer was three times more likely to be killed in a farm attack than a security guard in a cash-in-transit heist." The farm attacks also goes hand in hand with the torture of a lot of the victims. Execution style killing, with a bullet to the back of the head is also popular with farm killings. The items "stolen" with farm murders are usually of little value. High value items are left behind. To target a farm is not opportunistic crime. It takes planning and resources. It takes transport to get there. There are plenty of logistics involved. The propaganda is that it is just normal crime..... Yeah right....

  • William - 2012-02-22 20:40


  • Elemental777 - 2012-02-22 20:44

    Can someone pls recap the reasons given by government for scrapping the kommando system.

      Vaal-Donkie - 2012-03-13 15:35

      It was racist. Not their exact words, but the gist was the same. They wanted a more "inclusive" and "centralised" police force.

  • Wilma Crous - 2012-02-22 20:45

    I can assure you FF+ is concerned about crime in general!! Not just the farmers. FF+ is the only group who cares enough about the farmers to make this stand. Who exactly else is concerned about the farmers (who may I add, produce the food we eat)

      Makatikamusona - 2012-02-22 20:56

      @Wilma Crous - Ok we beleive you, are you their new Chief Whip And the food we eat is immaterial in this case. There are people whose life are more dangerously exposed that farmers,e.g. Police,People transport your money, etc. Some go into this jobs knowing that they might not see the end of the day

      Brett Bruce - 2012-02-22 21:35

      @makati the article is about farm murders you ignoramus. I hope to see you starving in the near future.

      Makatikamusona - 2012-02-22 21:47

      Haha did you read the article, I think it is more about what FF+ said than anything else

  • cameronjohnprice - 2012-02-22 20:46

    Any murder should be declared a priority crime.

  • Wilma Crous - 2012-02-22 20:55

    Bring back proper border control!! Bring back death penalty!!

      Makatikamusona - 2012-02-22 21:06

      And this farmer they must stop hiring Zimbabwean because they are cheap to pay. You may pay cheap now but your life might be lost on the way, think about the Zimbabwean who ran a way with a baby few weeks ago. I am sure she was not hired because she is so good but because she was cheaper to pay. And about the death penalty because careful what you wish for you might have your head chopped because this is no longer an apartheid government where only black's head were chopped

      Kgomotso - 2012-02-22 21:16

      makatika, Farmers should stop mistreating their employees. I said this before and i will say it again. Most Farmers are killed by their employees and if you follow the story there is always there were argument days before about payments. This must stop. you employ people to render you a service when it is done pay them as agreed do not come up with stories, that infuriates people. Farm and construction work is extremely physical a person will kill you if you try to be smart at them. I am not condoning murder but farmers are not innocent in this

      Makatikamusona - 2012-02-22 21:48

      @Kgomotso Good point, I now really hope someone is taking Notes

      carpejugulim - 2012-02-23 05:32

      Kgomotso I suggest that you do some research into the payment of farm workers ie go and speak to the workers and not only the workers on on white owned farms, you may be very surprised at some of the answers you get.

  • Derek - 2012-02-22 21:04

    I think abuse of farm workers should be the first priority, it's the abused that commit most of the crimes.

      Elemental777 - 2012-02-22 21:26

      By that measure i would assume that one less Zuma and Mandela personage on this planet by the hands of Aurora miners would be ok as well. Problem is they are holed up in their mansions with ADT in the gaurd house outside

      Brett Bruce - 2012-02-22 21:31

      Shame the victim mentality again. Is it genetic?

      Vaal-Donkie - 2012-03-13 15:37

      It's a fallacy, on top of everything. I remember back in 1993 when we were attacked on our farm that the attackers were total strangers. The best part of the whole thing was that our workers fought at our side. One of them actually got in the taxi they used as transport and tried to flip it. If my father and our neighbours weren't armed, it would have been a different story, but as it was, no innocent people were hurt.

  • Wilma Crous - 2012-02-22 21:04

    @ Makati-what-so-ever I'll be their chief whip if they'll have me!! I support anybody who stands up & fights crime!! This used to be a country that exported our produce, now we import just about everything. Imagine how many less are employed because of that!! Less produce, less jobs, less money, more crime!!

      Makatikamusona - 2012-02-22 21:10

      Excuse me which country are we talking about here that import just about everything

  • Patricia - 2012-02-22 21:11

    After every farm murder police should look after the farm for 3 years to protect the people staying on the farm. This means 3 policeman on the farm 24 hours.

      Edith - 2012-02-23 05:56

      This is a bit unrealistic, and I don't recall hearing of the perpetrators coming back to a farm to kill some more!

      Mordekai Freedom Shumba - 2012-02-23 08:31

      That's locking the ban after the horse has bolted out. Makes little sense. Farms must just improve security thru use of technology. These are crimes, nothing more nothing less

  • Elemental777 - 2012-02-22 21:11

    Have no idea why my question regarding the scrapping of the Kommandos was thumbed down but let me be more direct to avoid misinterpretation. Why can it not be reinstated in the same way we no are putting SANDF personell on our borders. It was in my opinion a purely political motivation to scrap it in the first place and if so it has proven very effective if the aim was to make farmers easier targets for so called criminals.

  • Wilma Crous - 2012-02-22 21:12

    @ Makatika Agree that there would be more jobs for locals and that comes back to border control but .... Disagree that Zim people are cheaper. In my experience Zim people work harder and appreciate their jobs more than the locals. We employ a Malawian. He works so fast & never stays off & he is flippen expensive. I'd NEVER swop him for a local.

      Makatikamusona - 2012-02-22 21:34

      Hey do you know that you can reply to your comment by clicking "Reply to Wilma Crous" you can make a life so easier. At least that will form what would look like a communication As for employing Malawian that is good for you. I think you must put him a track so you know where to find him when you really need him. I sometimes get foreigners to do one day jobs for me but never on a permanent basis.

  • Vince.York - 2012-02-22 21:20

    Leaders and government making an EXTRA LOUD drive in all languages and arenas that these are "Valued South African Citizens" - instead of targets at the end of a long agenda of an unwritten & whispered genocidal pact, would help in stopping the terrible deeds of murder. It has to be changed in the minds of the general people and they will convince the perpetrators BUT the silence of these leaders and government IS DEAFENING. Like when vulgar insults were hurled across stages at the respected leader of the opposition parties and "a president" sat smugly smirking and proud of it. THAT is where it has to change first, in attitude and mind.

  • Johan - 2012-02-22 21:33


      mariuskowie - 2012-02-23 07:21

      The death penalty was never stopped. If your crime is that you are white and a farmer, you are sentenced to death.

  • Putin the " - 2012-02-22 21:42

    So FF-, which type of murder is less important? Sure you don't give a damn about a Soweto murder!!

      Alex - 2012-02-22 21:52

      Totally. Ridiculous. Comment.

      Putin the " - 2012-02-23 07:24

      Like all the boere comments on News24

      mariuskowie - 2012-02-23 07:25

      The majority of Soweto voted for the ANC. The ANC does not give a damn about a Soweto murder. It is under their brilliant leadership that the Soweto murder rate increased drastically.

      Alex - 2012-02-23 10:59

      I agree Putin however it is not only boere, and why would you want to join their ranks anyway? If we were to assume that FF does not care about all murders and crime in this country because of their failure to mention them, then we should assume that the ANC, our government, does not care about any murders or any crimes. When was the last time they mentioned ordinary south Africans as a victim of any crime. And do we then assume that they only care about the POIB, the powers of the con court, that Malema thought the ANC was weak, that land reform is a sensitive issue and history should not be questioned and that the fighting of corruption is happening. No mention of crime, police brutality, actual solutions to improving living conditions of south Africans and the massive education crisis. But they do say that the ANC will rule till Jesus returns. But what they fail to say is how they will rule and what they intend to do as rulers. Do we therefore assume that the answer to that is nothing?

  • Rhys Vetner - 2012-02-22 21:49

    i knew a old farmer couple, murdered in cold blood by 2 farm workers they put through school- paid for everything! just saying

  • Linda - 2012-02-22 22:38

    Worried about farm murders,shouldn't we worry about crime in general, people in the township get killed daily but have not heard anything said about them(FF+)?

  • lhfick - 2012-02-23 00:49

    This is the most important reason why you should give them the land. There is no point in farming if you are going to be murdered for it and it won`t be long before you can`t use the water to farm. If you are a farmer and you can read this you are still alive and lucky. Just take your best vehicle and drive off like you are going to town. Do what is best for you family and yourself. I would just leave and see if they can really work the land and like I said the water might make it for a year or two. You won`t be able to drink it because of pollution. It is over let it go!!!

      lhfick - 2012-02-23 01:11

      If you want more reasons I can give a list. You call for the death penalty that would only ensure that you`ll be killed because they don`t want whiteness's to point them out. Cops staying for three days after a farm murder, they should be doing this anyway, not only to preserve that scene, but for investigation purposes to.

      lhfick - 2012-02-23 11:03

      You might not like my comments on this topic, but there is a rebel here that knows what he is talking about.

  • kevin.rack - 2012-02-23 04:10

    Crime is colour blind. Easy/soft targets. One issue is the disbanding of the Commandos that has made rural living so dangerous. Imagine what those poor people in townships face daily. We all want the same thing. We all want to live in peace yet we lock our doors at night and live in fear. Is fear the tool of control? I think that we are as a majority vote for a party that is serious about this issue and if not boot them out till and try another. By us not making the change we are part of the problem.

  • George - 2012-02-23 08:30

    Bring back the old Commandos.

      lhfick - 2012-02-23 11:14

      Go to war for this country again, never! Every war in this country was fueled by the greed for land!

  • RealNikka - 2012-03-13 15:27

    Its bad that they are killing all these farmers really bad ...can we make D@rkie killings a priority too?? I am pretty sure rate of people dying in the township is higher than farm murders ...All lives are WE SHOULD MAKE ALL MURDERS A PRIORITY ...No need to pick certain ones, all Lives are equal

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