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Sharp rise in N Cape farm attacks

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“The figures show that over the last six years, since 2012, there were 3 059 attacks altogether in which 338 people were killed

File picture: Themba Hadebe / AP

FARM attacks in the Northern Cape more than tripled in the 2017/18 financial year.

This is according to statistics on farm attacks and murders dating back to 2012 which were released by the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, on Friday.

The statistics showed that farm attacks in the Northern Cape rose from four in 2016/17 to 14 in 2017/18. Only one murder was recorded in the Province in 2017/18.

Freedom Front Plus leader Dr Pieter Groenewald welcomed the disclosure of the statistics.

He said that the statistics will shed light on the urgency and seriousness of attacks on farms.

“The figures show that over the last six years, since 2012, there were 3 059 attacks altogether in which 338 people were killed. The last time that these statistics were disclosed was in 2007,” Groenewald said.

“The numbers will show in which areas law enforcement agencies need to intervene. During this time, most of the attacks took place in the North West province, where 722 attacks were recorded, and Gauteng, where 644 attacks occurred. The province with the highest number of murders during this time, however, is Gauteng with 69 murders and then the North West and KwaZulu-Natal with 61 murders each.