The South African Police Service (SAPS) is revising its rural safety strategy, which is aimed at countering farm attacks in the country.

“We are at this stage reviewing the implementation of the rural safety strategy to check on where we come from (and) what needs to be adjusted so that we can, together with the farming community, assess how we can move forward”, said Deputy National Commissioner Policing Lieutenant General Fannie Masemola.

Police Minister Bheki Cele released the crime statistics for the 2019/2020 financial year.

Cele: ‘We take farm attacks seriously’

The latest statistics indicate that a total of 49 murders took place on farms in the period of 2019/2020 – just two more compared to 2018/2019.

The minister said most of the incidents took place in the Eastern Cape and Free State.

Despite being criticised from by the farming community for failing to act adequately against attacks in the rural communities.

In the most recent incident, three family members in the Northern Cape were savagely killed on their farm in Hartswater.

The bodies of elderly couple Dannie and Breggie Brand and their 54 year-old daughter Elzabie were found in fields around the Taung area on Tuesday, 28 July 2020.

Five people have since been arrested for the gruesome act and have even appeared in court on Thursday, 30 July 2020. They face charges of murder, kidnapping and theft.

Cele said they were still looking into a possible motive.

“Nothing was stolen during the farm attack in the Northern Cape. Even the car that was taken looked like a getaway car”, he said.

“Why would people kill so brutally and take nothing from the farm? We will have to work on the motive”

“Farm killings, like all other killings, are taken very seriously. It is one area where we would like to respond quickly and make sure we work with everybody to reduce that kind of attack,” the minister added.

AgriSA has taken issue with the stats, saying the murders  have deprived the country of strategic skills in the agricultural sector and robbed it of the expertise that is sorely needed to contribute towards much needed economic growth.

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Presh JM Reporter

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