Plaasmorde Attacks Rise Since ETB Murder
A total of 77 attacks in which 51 people were murdered have taken place on farms across South Africa in the year since AWB leader Eugene Terre’Blanche was savagely killed, allegedly by workers on his own farm.
During the first quarter of 2011, from 1 January to 31 March, 16 farm attacks occurred in which eight farmers were murdered, reports the Transvaal Agricultural Union (TAU SA).
The farmers who have been murdered in 2011 are Mr. Kobus van Rooyen, Mrs. Wendy Wilken, Mr. Deon van Staden, Mrs. Babs Strecker, Ms. Georgie Jacklin, Mr. Frik Hermann, Mr. French Eric Powell, and Mr. Alberto Costa.
“This means that on average more than six farm attacks occur every month, and that on average more than four farmers have been murdered monthly, on the basis of the statistics of the last year,” said Henk van de Graaf, Assistant General Manager of TAU SA.
TAU SA President Ben Marais noted the alarmingly high statistics by repeating his call for a separate crime category for plaasmorde attacks. “Farm attacks are not ordinary crime, and should be investigated by experts, especially to determine the real motives behind it,” he said.
The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) said in March 2010 that the silent genocide of South African farmers is has a devastating effect on the South African economy and raises concerns for food security. SACCI estimates that one farm attack counts for a R1.9 million (US $260,00) loss from the South African GDP per annum, which in 2009 stood at R2.4 trillion (US $328 billion).
It is widely believed by many in the White-Afrikaner-Boer community that repeated singing of the song, “Kill The Boer,” which has been banned in South Africa as hate speech, not only contributed to Terre’Blanche’s murder but has encouraged the increase in plassmorde attacks.