Following reported cases of farm attacks in some parts of the country the lobby group Afriforum has produced damning evidence.
AfriForum releases 2018 stats on farm attacks in Western Cape
This comes months after president Cyril Ramaphosa refuted the claim that farm attack exist in the country on an international stage, during the United Nations UN Summit.
Some South Africans have reacted saying that crime is an overall problem for everyone in this country.
Moreover, it is more apparent now that criminals specifically target farms for cash and weapons.
According to an Eyewitness News report (written by Kevin Brandt), the national figure at this point in time has risen by 377.9% to 412 attacks.
In the first quarter of 2018, AfriForum had reported that, nationally, there had already been 109 farm attacks by March.
15% of these, according to AfriForum, have resulted in the deaths of farm owners and their family members and workers.
5.3% of this year’s national figure has occurred in the Western Cape, the lobby group alleged. The most recent attack saw three suspects forcing themselves into a farm in Porterville, Western Cape, on Sunday, 25 November.
Ian Cameron, who is AfriForum’s head of security, revealed the gruesome nature of the attack, stating that the husband and wife were lucky to have made it out alive.
Cameron did, however, praise the work of the police and appealed to the farmers’ community to work more closely with authorities in addressing this growing issue.
“In the Western Cape, there really is a very big effort in many areas by local police to do something. People really should be encouraged to build a strong relationship with local police and obviously their farm watches,”