Meanwhile, farm murders decreased from 80 in 2010/11 to 49 in 2015/16, said AgriForum, a civil rights organization.

The figures were released after AfriForum’s representatives met with Acting National Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane in Pretoria on ways to curb farm attacks.

Phahlane pledged at the meeting that police would consider farm attacks as a crime of priority.

Police had previously rejected repeated calls to make farm murders a crime of priority.

Phahlane said the victims of farm attacks were not only white people.

People should not confine themselves to the idea that farmers are only white people, he said, adding that farmer families and farm workers also become victims.

In South Africa, which has a high crime rate, farmers run a significantly higher risk to be murdered compared to the general public.

Although farm attacks occur globally, farm attacks on South African soil are estimated to be 700 percent higher than in any other country in the world, according to the South African Solidarity Research Institute.

In addition, the chances of a farmer being murdered on a farm in South Africa are anything between four to six times higher than the average murder risk rate for the general population, the institute said. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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