The definition of a ‘farm attack’ in South Africa


February 9, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Security Information


Farm attacks and farm murders in South Africa

“Farm attacks” have been defined as “acts of violence against persons/s on farms and smallholdings” as found in the 2011 National Rural Safety Strategy (NRSS) and include;

“Acts of violence against person/s on farms and small holdings refer 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.

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

The original 2003 Definition was;

“Acts aimed at the person of residents, workers and visitors to farms and smallholdings, Whether with the intent to murder, rape, rob or inflict bodily harm. All actions aimed at disrupting farming activities as a commercial concern, whether for motives related to ideology, labour disputes, land issues, revenge, grievances, racist concerns or intimidation, should be included in the definition of the concept ‘farm attack’. This definition includes actions such as murder, attempted murder, rape, assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm, robbery, vehicle hijacking, theft of vehicles, malicious damage to property where the damage exceeds R10 000 and arson”

A further problem is deciding what is rural and urban. Personally, I would say if property does not received services such as water, trash removal, and sewage removal then it is rural. Other may have a different viewpoint.

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