The following was issued by the Transvaal Agricultural Union of South Africa (TAU SA), in reaction to the latest crime statistics released by the SA Police.
Where are the farm murder statistics?
Any drop crime rates is to be welcomed, and therefore TAU SA is also slightly optimistic about lower crime rates that have been announced.
But there is certainly no reason at all to feel proud of the released crime figures.
The number of 15 940 murders represents nearly 44 murders per day. This is a disgrace if it is measured against average of the world, and is even higher than the mortality in most war zones.
The rape rate of 56 272 represents a reported rape of one every ten minutes. No woman can feel safe with such statistics.
TAU SA is still very upset with the fact that farm murders is not reported as a separate category. The fact that the police are able to highlight police killings as a separate category means they should have the ability to separate farm murders from the other statistics. The 94 police killings is obviously too high. This represents about 61 murders per 100 000 population of the police.
According to TAU SA's figures, it appears that 33 farm murders for the period April 2010 to March were reported and TAU SA is aware that this figure is likely higher. This represents a figure of 86 per 100 000 population of farmers. This is still frighteningly high. TAU SA took notice of the police have on occasion said that farm murders are now a mere "concern" and no longer a priority. Farmers pay the same taxes and are therefore entitled to the same services in terms of security as the police claims for himself.
Statement issued by TAU SA, September 8 2011
Sourced from: www.politicsweb.co.za
CRIME STATISTICS PER STATION: 2010-2011 FINANCIAL YEAR
PERCENTILE GROUPINGS (20%)
The solution is obvious...