In their article “Does AfriForum care about getting farm murder statistics right?” the fact check organisation, Africacheck made some scathing comments about Afriforum claiming that Afriforum exaggerated their findings. In actual fact farm murders are happening at a higher rate than we, or Afriforum ever imagined.
It is now clear that they too, may have a political agenda. Africacheck got it wrong and one has to wonder why they have been so viciously opposed to the farm murder statistics provided by Afriforum?
Police Minister Bheki Cele has released statistics on farm attacks and murders dating back to 2012.
The last time that these statistics were disclosed was in 2007.
The figures show that over the last six years, since 2012, there were a total of 3 059 attacks reported to police, averaging 510 attacks a year in which 338 people – 56 a year – were killed.
Over the six-year period, the North West province had the highest number of attacks at 722, followed by Gauteng with 644.
Gauteng had the highest number of farm murders, with 69 murders recorded for the period.
For the 2017/2018 period, 581 incidents were recorded with 47 murders, compared to the 478 incidents between April 2016 and March 2017 where 66 murders were recorded. From 2016 – 2017 there were 74 farm murders recorded.
The new statistics paint a picture much worse than was originally thought, even by Afriforum.
The murder rate/100,000 for South Africa is 33.9
The murder rate/100,000 for farmers is 188.6
In the Africacheck article Afriforum claimed it was 156/100,000. This is substantially lower than the actual figures released by Cele today.
I think Africacheck owes Afriforum an apology. And so does every other journalist that have been trying to discredit the statistics provided by Afriforum. If organisations such as Africacheck and mainstream journalists actually reported the truth, then perhaps this issue could have received much more attention and saved some lives. It is time that journalists take responsibility for their false reporting considering that people’s lives are at stake.