South African farm attacks
White South African farmers have suffered from attacks for many years.
The rights organization AfriForum in 2018 stated that White farmers in South Africa have the most dangerous job in the country, are twice as likely to be murdered than police, and are killed at four times the rate of the wider community. In 2016, there were 82 killings and 423 attacks according to the organization, although these numbers cannot be verified, since the South African government has refused to release farm murder statistics since 2007.
"Some of the killings are reported to have been barbaric, with farm owners tortured, raped, burned alive and slaughtered in front of their families. Farm attack victims are usually restrained with shoe laces, telephone wires or electric cables, according to a previous AfriForum report. Some have had their nails pulled out, had boiling water poured over their bodies and been beaten to death with makeshift weapons. 'Some of the murders have been accompanied by gratuitous violence and torture that can only be explained as racial hatred,' Australian National University international law expert Associate Professor Jolyon Ford told SBS. [...] Ernst Roets, AfriForum's vice president, said last year 'political factors' were fuelling the violent attacks. 'We are concerned about hate speech, political leaders who... would say for example "the white farmers should be blamed for everything",' he said. The situation has worsened since the ruling African National Congress joined with the Economic Freedom Fighters party (EFF) earlier this month and announced a motion to confiscate white-owned land without compensation."
Later in 2018, "AfriForum says there has been a “sharp” increase in farm attacks since January. [...] During the first six months of 2017‚ 157 farm attacks took place and 40 farm murders were committed. Since the start of January‚ 210 farm attacks occurred and 33 farm murders were committed‚ AfriForum said. Ernst Roets‚ deputy chief executive of AfriForum and the author of the book 'Kill the Boer'‚ which will be launched this week‚ said farm murders took place at an unusual frequency and were unusually cruel. “The widely spread allegation‚ that farm murders are currently at its lowest point ever‚ is plain false. To be honest‚ our verified data shows that farm murders have been increasing since 2011. Although less farm murders were committed in the first six months of 2018 than in the first six months of 2017‚ we are gravely concerned about the sharp increase in farm attacks‚” Roets said."
AfriForum has also stated that "It is false that the number of farm murders in South Africa is decreasing. Statistics on farm murders by the agricultural union TAU SA – including verifiable victim names, farm names and dates when the murders were committed – confirmed that farm murders were at their highest level in 13 years last year. A well-grounded PoliticsWeb analysis of the South African Police Service (SAPS) statistics further indicates that the police statistics used by AgriSA to create the impression that farm murders are decreasing, have serious shortcomings. Those who try to downplay farm murders by showing that the number of farm murders is lower than 20 years ago, ignore the fact that the number of commercial farmers has almost halved over the same period. PoliticsWeb also found that a white farmer’s chance of being killed is estimated to be 3,2 times higher than the country’s already outrageously high average murder rate, confirming that farm murders are a serious crisis that needs urgent attention."
The South African Police has been stated to have been actively involved in some of the attacks.
The 2018 book Kill the Boer argued that the "South African government is complicit in the crisis of farm murders. Various incidents of political incitement to farm murders, as well as farm murders where political or racial motives clearly played a role, is stated in the book. [...[ This complicity could be attributed to a variety of reasons, including its deprioritizing of the crisis despite the worsening thereof, negative stereotyping of white farmers in particular, romanticising of violence inflicted upon farmers, continuation of hatred from political platforms, as well as the scorning and ridiculing of the victims of these attacks. The book reveals accounts of the direct involvement of members of the ruling ANC, the South African government and the South African Police Service (SAPS) in particular in the planning and execution of these attacks. [...] The complicity of the South African media is also indicated by analyses of news reports that clearly indicate biased reporting, leading to vilification and negative stereotyping of white farmers in particular."
- Inside the 'most dangerous job in the world': White farmers in South Africa are FOUR times more likely to be murdered than anyone else - as Peter Dutton vows to 'fast-track' them into Australia as refugees http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5534449/South-Africas-white-farmers-likely-killed-police.html
- AfriForum concerned about 'sharp' increase in farm attacks https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2018-06-28-afriforum-concerned-about-sharp-increase-in-farm-attacks/
- AfriForum peddling facts, not fear or naivety https://www.news24.com/Columnists/GuestColumn/afriforum-peddling-facts-not-fear-or-naivety-20180829
- South African Police Actively Involved in White Farmer Attacks https://www.amren.com/news/2018/05/south-african-police-actively-involved-in-white-farmer-attacks/
- Book: ‘Kill the Boer’, brutal reality of farm attacks, government complicity https://southafricatoday.net/south-africa-news/book-kill-the-boer-brutal-reality-of-farm-attacks-government-complicity/