The definition of a ‘farm attack’ in South Africa


April 1, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Security Information


The definition of a 'farm attack' in South Africa

They are defined as “acts of violence against persons/s on farms and smallholdings” (2011 National Rural Safety Strategy)

and this refers to:

“acts aimed at person/s residing on, working on, or visiting farms and smallholdings, whether with the intent to murder, rape, rob or inflict bodily harm. In addition, all acts of violence against the infrastructure and property in the rural community aimed at disrupting legal farming activities as a commercial concern, whether the motives/s are related to ideology, land disputes, land issues, revenge, grievances, racist concerns or intimidation are included.

the exception to the above is;

Cases related to domestic violence or liquor abuse, or resulting from commonplace social interaction between people is excluded from the definition”

Now what this means is that:

  • It covers murders, attempted murder, assaults, sexual assaults, armed robberies, attempted robberies, arson, car jacking, poisonings, sabotage, etc.
  • It does not cover domestic violence, liquor abuse, or commonplace social interaction such as arguments etc.

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