Following the South African government’s announcement that it will expropriate the land of white owners “without compensation”, the number of farm attacks has surged in the country. Within a 48-hour period, at least five such attacks were recorded.
“We see attacks every weekend and according to our figures, there is one farm attack every day and a farm murder every sixth day,” said Mr. Henry Geldenhuys, deputy president of TAU SA, a farmers’ union. So far this year, TAU SA has recorded 244 farm attacks and 38 farm murders.
“The land issue has definitely brought new trouble for us,” Geldenhuys continued. “An increase in land occupations has a direct influence on security.”
The five attacks took place over a wide area in the north of South Africa, on the following farms: On Honingnestkrans (Hammanskraal, Gauteng Province), Sanddrift (Brits, North West Province), Renosterdoorns (Lichtenburg District, North West Province), Vastfontein (Hammanskraal, Gauteng Province) and another farm of which the name is unknown near Nelspruit (Mpumalanga Province).
On Honingsnest, the farmer’s workers were attacked during the night and tortured for information about his house. A woman was publicly raped in front of her fellow workers.
Gerhard Badenhorst (77) and his wife Beatrice (76), owners of the farm Sanddrift near Brits, were attacked around 2:00 in the morning in their home. The attacker was armed with a knife and managed to get hold of Mr. Badenhorst’s firearm in a struggle. He then shot and wounded the farmer with his own gun. However, Badenhorst was treated in a local hospital and discharged on the same day. A reward of R10 000 is being offered for information that could lead to the arrest of the attacker.
In the third attack on Renosterdoorns near Lichtenburg,the 65-year old farmer caught the attacker and his accomplices red-handed, after which he shot one of them dead. At around 20h30 at night, the farmer heard how they were breaking into his house. Upon further investigation, he found one of the attackers inside his house in the corridor. A fight broke out, shots were fired and one of the attackers died at the scene, with the others running away. The actual number of attackers taking part is not known.
During the fourth incident four black attackers, among whom a woman, attacked workers on a farm at Vastfontein near Hammanskraal in the Gauteng Province. Two workers were shot and a woman raped. Dogs on a neighbouring farm were killed in preparation for the attack.
In the fifth attack ouside Nelspruit in Mpumalanga Province, a 45-year old man’s face was nearly crushed when he was hit with a blunt object. He was alone at home with his two small children. According to a member of a local community safety group, Mr. Albert Greyvenstein of Bossies Community Justice, the wounded man’s wife discovered him full of blood, after which he was taken to Mediclinic Nelspruit, a private hospital. He was apparently still conscious.
During so-called public “hearings on land ownership”, South Africa’s ANC regime is whipping up anti-white hatred, resulting in more farm attacks.