Police To Step-up Fight Against Farm Crimes


Farm crimes have steadily brought evil, caused harm and injury to many South Africans. The South African Police Service (SAPS) says it’s past time the menace stopped.

They’ll be stepping-up their combat against farm crimes, and among other things, establish a multidisciplinary team to priorities the investigation of such crimes.

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 BuzzSouthAfrica learnt that the police will focus on some identified hotspots of the crime in Gauteng, North West, Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal.

In doing that, the law enforcers will work with AfriForum and other agricultural unions across the country to guarantee an increased protection of farming communities all over the nation.

The Acting National Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane disclosed this yesterday after meeting with AfriForum.

He related that the police will be concentrating on all acts of violence against the infrastructure and property in rural communities aimed at jeopardize farming activities.

“We have resolved to properly define these incidents as acts of violence against persons residing on, working on or visiting farms and small holdings -whether with intent to murder, rape, rob or inflict bodily harm. This includes farm owners, farm workers and all other citizens of this country, irrespective of race, colour, creed, religion or sex,” Phahlane stated.

According to him, the police understands the ways the crimes are perpetrated.

There’s a particular modus operandi during the commission of these crimes, he said. And detailed that there’s a major shift in target selection from small holdings to more isolated farms.

Based on what he said, the attacks occur mostly between Thursday and Saturday night while the crime victims are asleep.

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Phahlane further divulged that “the number of perpetrators at a time ranges from two to eight, split into two groups in most incidents.

They have been identified as mostly male, comprising foreign nationals between the ages of 20 to 35, while the majority of victims are 50 years and above,” he informed.