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Farm murders may have dropped but farm attacks are up 60%

Statistics released by the former Transvaal Agricultural Union of South Africa (TLU SA) on Thursday revealed that farm attacks have increased by 60% over the last decade.

The biannual crime statistics put together by commercial farmers who form the TLU SA covered the period from 1990 to 2019, revealed an increase in attacks between 2009 and 2019.

During the period between 1990 and 1999 there were 1,125 farm attacks reported, this number increased by 22% during 2000 to 2009 to 1,407 attacks. There was a massive increase of 60% between 2010 to 2019 with 2,616 attacks reported.

Research by AgriSA which was released in May 2018 and included police statics, showed a decline in farm murders but an increase in attacks.

The report showed that 153 farm murders occurred between 1997 and 1998 with a massive reduction to 47 between 2017 and 2018.

TLU SA deputy general manager, Major-general Chris van Zyl is adamant that while their report is shocking, it is correct.

The Citizen reported that despite these statistics, the government and president Cyril Ramaphosa still do not view it important enough to condemn the farm attacks.

Van Zyl said the TLU SA are aware that crime is out of control in the country with 56 murders occurring daily.  More than 20,000 people were murdered during 2017 and 2018.

What separates violent crimes from farm attacks and murders is the aggression and torture that occurs which Van Zyl feels is linked to the issue of land.