Pretoria – There has been a substantial increase in farm attacks in South Africa since 2012, statistics by the Transvaal Agricultural Union of South Africa (TAU SA) revealed on Tuesday.
The statistics include farm attacks and murders in the country since 1990 up to June in 2016.
A total number of 1 824 murders have been reported in farm attacks since 1990 with 3 933 attacks also reported.
Of the 1 824 murders, 1 170 victims were farmers, 491 were direct family to the farmers, 141 were workers on the farm and 22 were visitors.
According to the bi-annual statistics the year 2012 (174 attacks) saw a significant rise compared to 96 attacks in 2011.
In 2013 the number again increased to 231 people reportedly attacked. In 2014 it rose to 279 and reached a record high in 2015 when 318 people were reportedly attacked on their farms.
In terms of farm murders, 2002 was the bloodiest year with 119 people losing their lives in farm attacks while 1990 was the year with the lowest amount of people (16) who lost their lives in the attacks.
So far 2016 has seen a staggering 188 attacks in which 39 people have been killed.
Gauteng has the highest murder rate with 499 attacks and 413 murders since 1990 with 14 murders and 40 attacks in 2016 alone.
Other notable numbers:
North West has had 679 attacks in which 253 people lost their lives.
KwaZulu-Natal has seen 436 attacks with 294 murders.
Free State has recorded 436 attacks with 192 murders.
The province with the least reported attacks and murders is the Northern Cape with 46 attacks and 26 murders since 1990.