According to statistics for farm murders, only 15 people were killed in farm attacks this year, but many farmers are now choosing to abandon their farms for fear of the safety of them and their families.
Mike Bolhuis, specialist investigator and private detective, says the most horrific aspect of farm attacks and farm murders is the way they are carried out.
“The torture and brutality of these attacks is what makes it stand out as particularly appalling. If the intent was just to steal, the brutality makes no sense. The long-term effect of farm attacks and killings is lasting and can take farmers up to five years to recover to their previous level of production.”
However, Mike says many farmers are now abandoning their farms.
“Farmers live in areas where it can take up to three hours for the police to arrive at the scene, where there is only one police vehicle for an entire region. “Unfortunately, many farmers choose to abandon their farms for fear of their own safety.”
Lasting trauma on farmers
Although there is a huge economic impact, we must also be aware of the lasting trauma that these attacks cause to farmers, families and communities.
“Agricultural and security experts said farm attacks were mostly not racial, but driven by economic gain. One of our specialists says that farm attacks and murders should be seen as a real war crime by terrorists. The criminals follow the classic rules of commitments during war, where the critical supply to the nation is disrupted. The motives for the attack on the farmers are to gather the firearms and cause disruption in the production and supply of necessary food.”