n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Farm attacks : are there any ulterior motives?

Volume 13, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



It is easy to dismiss farm attacks as only another manifestation of the rampant crime in the country but this approach will leave three very important questions unanswered, namely -

Why are these attacks on the farming community so well premeditated while statistics indicate that the overwhelming majority of murders in South Africa are related to alcohol, drug abuse, interpersonal and domestic conflict?
Why are attacks on the farming community so extremely brutal, which again contradicts the situation regarding the majority of other murders in South Africa?
Why are murders on the farming community increasing at such a rapid pace while murder in South Africa in general has been decreasing over the past number of years? (Crime Information Management Center (CIMC) 1998:42).

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