Monday, August 8, 2011

Farm Attacks and Farm Murders in South Africa : A Conservative Estimate

A new book, just released, reveals the shocking reality of farm attacks in South Africa which have occurred over the past 20 years, starting from the year 1991. The book titled, Treurgrond – 20 jaar van plaasaanvalle in Suid Africa, describes 1,363 murders which occurred during 2,617 attacks on farms and smallholdings. The book carries an age restriction of 18. It is distributed by Kraal Uitgewers.

According to an article in the Afrikaans Rapport newspaper, dated 7 Aug 2011, AfriForum has ordered 1000 copies of the English version which they intend distributing to embassies, international media outlets, the United Nations, and other international organizations. In the light of this I presume that an English version of the book is available, but don’t ask me what it’s called! Best is to contact Kraal Uitgewers.

An important fact to keep in mind about this book, is that the statistics are not accurate, in the sense that the numbers mentioned may possibly be higher, but definitely not fewer. The reason for this is because the compilers of the book relied mainly on incidents that were covered by the South African media, and there is no guarantee whatsoever that the media covered each and every incident in South Africa.

Mr Chris van Zyl, CEO of TAU SA, explained that the stats are conservative. “There are areas where we do not have members, and if the media does not report the incidents then when will never know about the attacks.”

The South African Police either do not keep record of farm attacks and/or farm murders, or are unwilling to divulge this information. The Rapport article also mentions, that at the time of going to press, the police were unable to explain their methods of accumulating statistical data.

The following table reflects the stats, as provided by TAU SA, over the past ten years:

2001 141 attacks 79 murders
2002 228 attacks 118 murders
2003 165 attacks 89 murders
2004 115 attacks 114 murders
2005 79 attacks 56 murders
2006 81 attacks 45 murders
2007 94 attacks 60 murders
2008 183 attacks 78 murders
2009 151 attacks 70 murders
2010 110 attacks 65 murders
2011 42 attacks 25 murders

Bear in mind that the year 2011 is nowhere near its end yet.

The Afrikaans article as it appeared in Rapport, dated 7 Aug 2011:

Boere kan nie teen aanvalle gewaarsku word – Agri SA
2011-08-07 00:13
Hanri Wondergem

Die gebrek aan betroubare, amptelike statistieke oor plaasmoorde maak dit onmoontlik vir boere om tendense en die ware omvang van die probleem te peil.

So sê mnr. Kobus Visser, Agri SA se direkteur van korporatiewe skakeling.

“Ons kan ons lede ook nie oor brandpunte waarsku nie.”

Die land is geruk deur ’n vlaag van grusame plaasmoorde die laaste tyd in die Vrystaat.

Dit sluit in die moorde op die Potgieter-gesin, ­Attie, Wilna en Wilmientjie, in Desember 2010 naby Lindley; mnr. Helgard Muller in Januarie op sy plaas naby Frankfort en die afgelope week is mnr. Thinus Uitenweerde in ’n vlak graf gegooi en gestenig. Sy verlamde vrou en bejaarde ma is ook aangeval.

Mnr. Pieter Groenewald, parlementslid van die VF+, sê plaasmoorde word nie afsonderlik aangedui nie, maar bloot as “’n moord” deur die polisie aangeteken.

Plaasaanvalle word volgens hom as “gewapende rooftogte” aangedui.

Die nasionale kantoor van die polisie het teen druktyd nog nie die stelsel aan Rapport verduidelik nie.

TLU SA maak op sy lede en die media staat om sy statistieke by te werk.

“Dit kan baie meer wees, maar beslis nie minder nie,” sê mnr. Henk van de Graaf, assistent-hoofbestuurder van TLU SA.

TLU SA se statistieke vir die jaar sover toon 42 aanvalle op plase landwyd waarin 25 mense vermoor is.

Dit is minder as verlede jaar toe daar volgens die TLU SA se syfers van Januarie tot Augustus 83 aanvalle was waarin 47 mense dood is.

Mnr. Chris van Zyl, TLU SA se hoof van landelike veiligheid, sê dié statistieke is konserwatief.

“Daar is gebiede waar ons nie lede het nie en as die media nie daaroor berig nie, kom ons nooit te hore van aanvalle nie.”
Hy is skepties oor die daling in die statistieke: “Die jaar is nog nie verby nie ...”

Mnr. André Botha, Agri SA se voorsitter van landelike veiligheid, sê hoewel die statistieke nie noodwendig akkuraat is nie, skryf hy die afname toe aan die “politieke wil” van mnr. Nathi Mthethwa, minister van polisie. “Daar is ’n beleid ontwikkel en ’n strategie ingestel.”

Botha sê Mthethwa het die leiding geneem en die polisie het nou verantwoordelikheid aanvaar vir die veiligheid in landelike gebiede.

Hy is bekommerd oor die wreedaardigheid van die moorde.

Van Zyl beaam dit: “Die manier waarop ’n slagoffer vermoor word, dra ’n eie boodskap.

“Dis die ergste mate van wreedheid.”

Bron: Rapport


Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Of all races or whites ? I remember Afriforum reported at the Malema trial this number of all races. Seeing as your site is concerned with the preservation of whites only please clarify this.

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

We can only assume when white isn't specified that black farmers are farmers too right ?

May I also note the trend is very stable or perhaps even on the decrease suggesting absolutely no esculation if any agenda ever existed. Rubbishing the whole outcry over the "kill the farmer" song don't you think ?

How many millions hours of combined right wing time was spend clearly over reacting about that "song" issue ? Could have probably solved multiple social problems in South Africa already if they had been better spent don't you think ?

But glad the song was banned anyway.

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

@ Anon

Yes, the stats represent all races, but bear in mind that the figures are conservative, and do not accurately reflect the true scope of the problem. AfriForum would not be sending copies of the book to the United Nations if the figures only represent one race of people.

My response continues in the next comment – blogger is having issues again!

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Continued from above...

Regarding your request to clarify whether this site is concerned with the preservation-(???) of whites only…. , I’ve included a paragraph, which I’ve taken from the 'About Page' of this blog:

“The author is a member of the white tribe living on the southern tip of this vast continent, --- consequently, the majority of opinions, emotions, and views expressed here will side with the visions and aspirations of the white minority class, particularly the Afrikaner-nation who have their roots firmly established in this soil. Many of the postings here thus serve to remind white folk where they came from, and why they should continue to promote, enjoy, and love their culture and their White Heritage.”

Yet - despite the above declaration, many regular visitors to this blog are from other African countries, and many are not White. One of my regular visitors is a mixed-race person of Northwest European (Irish & Scottish), Southern European (Spanish), African and Indian descent. He lives in the Caribbean Republic of Trinidad & Tobago.

continued below...

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Continued from above...

You may wish to read an older posting, "We Reap what we Sow" (use the search function in the sidebar). The posting includes a letter written by my Caribbean friend. My replies to his letter, which were also published, should provide some insight as to where my views stand regarding certain controversial issues.

I believe the “kill the Boer” song was hate speech directed to all SA Whites and not only farmers, so there’s really no point in debating that issue.

As far as solving multiple social problems is concerned…. Unfortunately a communist-socialist system thrives on creating social problems, as it keeps the pot of anger and hatred simmering just below boiling point, while simultaneously providing jobs for thousands of brainless idiots. Social problems will escalate no matter how much money and/or energy is spent on it!

Incidentally, even our South African Black Judges are acknowledging the fact that certain Black savages in the country are a danger to the White Race.

See for more details…

Now imagine the public outcry if a White Judge spoke those words!

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog


Do you mean 20 years from 1991?


Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

@ Anon (August 10, 2011 2:05 AM)
Thank you, for pointing this out.

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

The year 2011 looks to be the lowest ever number. We are in August and 2/3 of the year through and 25 farm murders (of all races). That means we should see around 37.5 farm murders this year. So much for all the humdrum about "shoot the farmer". Boy Afriforum must feel dumb.

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

@ Anon - Aug 15, 2011 7:05 PM

Well I sincerely hope the stats don’t rise! I don’t quite follow why you say Afriforum must feel dumb, unless of course you’re that confused fellow from Port Elizabeth, who believes that the SA media has the resources to cover each and every farm attack and/or murder in this vast country.

The Rooster said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Not only is every single farm murder covered (white farm murder that is) but it makes the front page of just about every single newpaper going into great detail. To suggest otherwise you must have your head in the sand.

There are thousands of police stations in the country. Each one in the rural areas deals with a select few murders if any a year. The murder of a white farmer to them and their community would be a very high profile crime and there is no way it would ever be considered not newsworthy by the media in this racially fuelled country.

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

@ Rooster

It grieves me deeply that you have misrepresented the statistics provided on this page. Even if I spell it out to you in CAPITAL LETTERS, you will still not see it, but let me do it anyway, considering that you will not allow me to do so on your blog::::

The stats you see here were provided by the Transvaal Agricultural Union (TAU), and reflects the number of attacks and murders on MEMBERS OF THE TAU.


Was the following paragraph in this posting not clear enough for you:

Mr Chris van Zyl, CEO of TAU SA, explained that the stats are conservative. “THERE ARE AREAS WHERE WE DO NOT HAVE MEMBERS, and if the media does not report the incidents then when will never know about the attacks.”

Can you see that there are TWO FACTORS that influence the stats presented here: Firstly, MEMBERS OF TAU, and secondly, MEDIA REPORTS.

I do not know how many farmers are members of TAU, but what I do know for certain is that the media DO NOT and CANNOT report every single farm attack or farm murder in this country. There are several reasons why this is the case. A lack of resources in rural areas is one major reason. Another reason is that the number of SAPS Head Office-approved media-representatives are limited, and are based on a divisional level, which serves an “x” number of police stations. In other words, not every police station has its own media liaison officer. When a farm attack or murder takes place, the last thing on the list of priorities is contact with the media. Crime reporters are thus forced to do their own investigations and follow-ups, which in most cases can be rather time-consuming. Not many journalists will follow-up a farm attack to establish whether a victim of an attack actually survived the ordeal, or not. People can die weeks later of wounds sustained during an attack. Heart attacks due to shock and trauma, for example, do normally not count as murder. Black journalists will not even bother following up the incident if it involves whites, unless their superiors order them to do so.

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

@ Rooster

continued from above...

You said: “The murder of a white farmer to them and their community would be a very high profile crime and there is no way it would ever be considered not newsworthy by the media in this racially fuelled country.”

Allow me to clarify two points in your own statement:

Your first assumption is wrong. The majority of these police stations are run by racist blacks who care two hoots about whites in their area of jurisdiction. This was the main reason why farmers had to implement their own strategies, and why there are conspiracies floating around that the police are possibly involved. Your second assumption is correct… Black media crime-reporters will not break their backs to perform investigative journalism in cases involving whites, unless their superiors force them to do so. This is the reason why it is mainly the Afrikaans media who reports on these cases, and why the world’s leading authority on genocide, Dr Gregory Stanton, used the term “Racist Blacks” in his reports.

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

@ Rooster – have a look at the following document. It is a propaganda paper purposely made public by the SA Police to enhance the perception that farm murders are linked to ‘normal’ crime and thus cannot be politically motivated. This is typical clever Socialist strategy, utilizing known truths while simultaneously creating the impression that the Socialists are honest and transparent when it comes to matters of national interest. I’ve provided the download link to this document as many of the viewpoints expressed therein are indeed factually correct. Take note that the Pan Africanist Congress were also invited to take part in submissions to the committee, but never even bothered. This is already an undeniable indication that “politics” is involved and that Blacks are the racists.

Make sure you also read the section dealing with the organization known as, “Black Jacks” (pg 14). Note also how the existence of this mysterious gang was written off. “We examined but found nothing…”, or “We examined but found it was fabricated…,” and so on…

The download link (125kB):


Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Balloney ! A white farm murder not making the papers ? There would be massive outcry. The tin hat wearers would have a field day about cover ups etc. It's simply has never happened and if it has it was a freak case.

And if you think the police are all black racists you've never been to a S.A police station. A lot of police are whites, colourds , indians etc.

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

And no these stats are not just for T.A.U members. Where did you source that ?

The Rooster said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Actually the stats go from April to March and it was 33 murders (of all races for 2011. Way down from previous years. I for one am happy less farmers are getting murdered.

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

33 murders too many... for a so-called democratic Freeee country!

Lillian van den Berg said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Anonymous: Every farm murder is A CRIME and if you have not lived through the pain of a family member/s being murdered, you should not try to understand our pain. The pain never goes away, you just learn to live with it!

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