52 Murders a Day in South Africa!
This hub is an installment of the series 'Noteworthy Trend of Events in South Africa'.
Crime report 2017, South Africa
According to the crime report released on March 3rd by the Minister of Police and the Acting National Police Commissioner, 14,333 people were murdered in South Africa between April and December 2016. This breaks down to 52.36 people a day. (52.1, according to the minister’s report.)
Adding the number of assaults with the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm, which is 470.7 a day, one can easily imagine just how unsafe the citizens of South Africa feel, and how incompetent and ineffective South Africa's government is when it comes to the protection of the people they're supposed to serve. Mentioning only the releasing of prisoners: On February 28th, the umpteenth woman was r@p#d and killed by a convicted r@p#st out on parole!
I do not recommend asking Google to provide images of murders in South Africa, as you will see the most horrible and haunting pictures.
On Friday, March 3rd, the Minister of Police boasted in Parliament that statistics for the period April 2016 to December 2016 show a decrease of killings comparing to the previous period's statistics. Obviously he didn’t remember the statistics of 2012, which stated 45 murders each day - an increase of 4.2% comparing to the previous year. Boasting that murder has decreased is therefore a blatant distortion of the facts.
According to gazettereview.com, South Africa has the 3rd highest crime rate in the world after South Sudan and Venezuela.
Gang related murders in South Africa
According to the crime report submitted to the Police Committee on March 3rd, gang murders in the Western and Eastern Cape are a major contributor to the murder rate. At least 143 murders were found to be gang-related.
Killing of Police Officers in South Africa
The minister didn’t mention the number of police officers that were killed, but we remember that 37 were killed between January and May 2016. In the Western Cape Province alone 274 were attacked while on duty. According to these figures, and remembering news reports, I assume that 66 police officers were murdered during April and December 2016.
However, Jana Boshoff, a journalist with the Middelburg Observer, who consulted statistics of previous years, alleged that farmers in South Africa are four times more likely to be murdered than-police officers.
Eldery residents are soft targets in South Africa
The minister did not tell Parliament how many senior citizens have been killed during April and December 2016. Being ‘politically correct’, he kept the rights of criminals in mind instead of exposing them as cowards for targeting the most vulnerable people.
The minister said nothing about the fact that some of the killings of elderly citizens are related to witchcraft.
“Elderly women were (are) often accused of being “witches” because of their skin complexion, age and looks,” stated an outspoken critic of witchcraft-related attacks, Queen Tina MaDosini Ndamase of Western Mpondoland on September 19th, 2016.
Even nuns living in convents are not safe in South Africa!
Young people do not enjoy the protection of South Africa's government
The Minister of Police didn’t mention the progress that was made on the government’s undertaking to protect the lives of young South Africans. The statistics of 2013 are still hanging in the air: 77,822 young people between the ages of 15 and 34 had died, of which less than 30% were unnatural deaths. 30% unnatural deaths amount to 23,347, which admittedly shows a drastic decrease comparing to the most recent TOTAL killings of 14,333.
Killings related to Xenophobia in South Africa
The minister did not tell Parliament that 116 Nigerians were killed within two years in South Africa of which 63% were carried out by the police.
“... we are here again on another sad note... We are worried about the criminalization of immigrants ... in particular about the criminalization of Nigerian migrants in South Africa,” said the Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, who visited the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria on Tuesday, February 7th.
Butchering of South African Farmers
The minister refrained from mentioning the fact that white farmers are being killed by the hordes since the beginning of the ANC’s reign in 1994.
The butchering of South African farmers is a sensitive issue that could be labelled as hate crime, black-on-white racism, and revenging Apartheid and Colonialism, as 99.9% of South African farmers are whites and 100% attackers as well as killers of farmers are blacks. The suspicion that it is indeed hate crime is being denied by SA’s government since the beginning. Police classify the ongoing killing of farmers as ‘normal crime’ and ‘normal burglary’. They allege that farmers are ‘soft targets’ because they live isolated in remote areas, and therefore they are incidentally targets of criminals with the physiological urge to torture and mutilate their victims before killing them.
According to activist Sunette Bridges, who still keeps track of all farm attacks and murders after being rebuked and condemned by South Africa’s government, 15 people were murdered in the month of February 2017 alone.
(BTW: Last year Sunette and her family emigrated to the the USA from where she continues to take care of Kleinvallei (Small Valley) – a kibbutz-like community of poor-whites she had established some years ago with the support of businessmen sharing her urge to uplift poor-whites.)
“December 2016 has the highest death toll since 2009," she wrote, "as 79 white farmers (including family members) were murdered by black people. (Another source counted 71 murders during 369 attacks!)
In order to come to a conclusion, I use the statistics presented by the right-wing political party, The Freedom Front Plus: In 2016, 70 farmers were killed during 345 attacks. Over a period of nine months it would be an average of 52.5.
Killings April to December 2016
Killings per day
0.24 (1 every 4 days)
0.19 (1 every 5th day)
0.52 (± 1 every 2nd day)
South Africa's government refuses to discuss the killings of farmers
Silence gives consent, is not an idiom for dry beans! Being as still as the grave about brutal farm attacks and its consequences implies the ANC Government’s unspoken approval of the situation. Farm attacks still outrage right-wing white Afrikaners and their civil rights institutions, but their diligent efforts to obtain the support and protection of the ANC government and foreign civil rights institutions, and even of blasé South Africans, are in vain.
Contemplating the fact that only 53 of the 14,300 people that were killed were farmers, one can understand why the Speaker of Parliament rejected the right-wing party’s request for a debate on farm murders on February 24th . Considering their outrage and passionate reaction when a police officer, or an ANC-politician, or a foreign national, is killed, their silence about farmers is totally incongruous.
“It is shocking that the increase in the slaughter of the farmers of South Africa is not regarded as being important enough to be discussed in the country’s parliament.” - Dr. Pieter Groenewald, leader of the FF Plus.
Even the King of the Zulus, King Goodwell Zwelithini, condemned farm murders and called on government to visit affected communities to encourage reconciliation.
At this very moment I am watching (on TV) the funeral of four Africans of the same family who were murdered by a gang of African criminals. My heart goes out to all those grieving people. All South Africans should have empathy with the victims of criminals!
However, the deaths and funerals of white farmers and their family – often also more than one member of a family at the same time - this very week again four members - are no longer regarded as ‘news’, but as the order of the day. By now (after twenty-three years of ongoing farm attacks and killings) it is regarded politically-incorrect to discuss attacks on farms and the brutal killing of white farmers. The white person who dares complaining about this immediately gets labelled as a ‘racist’, or a ‘right-wing-whiner’.
Left-wing black South Africans regard the killing of farmers as the ‘white man’s just desserts’, because white farmers are allegedly all racists, and they are still benefiting from Apartheid's policies who had deprived Africans of their human rights, and on top of this, they live on land that was stolen from Africans way back in the 18th century.
Meanwhile the ANC-Government wash their hands of farm attacks, apparently grateful that criminals are doing the job they (the government) would have given to the army if it was not for South Africa's Constitution forbidding such brutal conduct.
South Africa's Crime statistics April to December 2016
The opinion of an owfma-sa
The ongoing murdering of law-abiding South Africans by heartless criminals is most certainly the saddest tragedy in South Africa. Wikipedia’s page about Crime in South Africa surpasses the script of a horror movie.
I may be bias this week, focusing on farm attacks. Forgive me, but the fact that the mainstream media completely ignores this compels me to cry out loud.
Although I am not a member of Dr Groenwald's right-wing party, I agree wholeheartedly with his statement: “This is a growing tragedy which is playing out in front of us, and the government can intervene if the political will exists. It is now however clear that government is sitting with folded hands and watching while the slaughter on farms continues.”
I am also not a follower or fan of Sunette Bridges. I find her racist attitude repelling as she would find my liberal approach. According to her I am one of the libtarts who have betrayed our Afrikaner nation. According to me, she and her racist followers are the reason for South Africans' reluctance to conquer their racial issues.
Nevertheless, her diligent record-keeping of farm attacks and deaths caused by black-on-white attacks is useful and mind-blowingly sad. Here is her latest report:
"The month of February 2017 will forever be remembered by the Farming community of South Africa as one of the most brutal and bloody months thus far under ANC rule. Over the past 20 years our people have been murdered on farms at an average rate of 1 every 5 days. This month it escalated to a murder every 43 hours and a farm attack every 15 hours. Fifteen people were murdered on South African farms this month and dozens more were beaten, tortured, r@p#d, shot and stabbed, but survived. As we speak, two men, Johan and Dave, are fighting for their lives in hospital and two women are dealing with the pain and humiliation of being r@p#d by gangs of black attackers.
In some cases there were as many as ten savages involved in these attacks.
The situation in our towns and cities is no better where 12 people were butchered in their homes this month. Of the 27 victims 16 were elderly and 9 were women. When asked to immediately address this issue in Parliament, Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, replied that, although serious, farm attacks and murders were not urgent enough, or of sufficient national interest to allow for a parliamentary debate about it.
There is simply no political will to do anything to stop these murders. In fact, with a president that sings about shooting "Boers" and now openly calling for the expropriation of land without compensation, telling his followers that land was "stolen" from them, the silence from government on this (black-on-white attacks) issue can be seen as nothing but tacit approval of these barbarous acts.
In South Africa the average murder rate is 38/100 000. Policemen and women are murdered at the rate of 55/100 000 and for Farmers this rate is 128/100 000, making it the most dangerous occupation in the world!
In 2016, 70 people were murdered on farms in 345 farm attacks. That is an average of almost six people per month. In the first two months of this year (2017), twenty-three people have already been murdered on farms.
Here are the names of the people murdered in February that I know about. Our prayers go out to their families and loved ones. May they rest in peace... Sx
- 1 February: Gavin Carter (47) – Shot dead – Underberg, Natal
- 1 February: Nicky Harmse (61) – Shot dead – Kameeldrift-Wes, Gauteng
- 2 February: Daniël Kilian (62) – Shot dead – Leeupoort, Limpopo
- 3 February: Pats Truter (77) – Strangeled - Naboomspruit – Limpopo
- 3 February: Elderly man: – Beaten to death – Rustenburg – Northwest
- 5 February: Pieter Pieterse (57) – Beaten to death – Ellisras – Limpopo
- 5 February: Wilfred Ernsting (54) – Murdered – Henneman – Vrystaat
- 6 February: Stephan Harris (28) – Beaten to death – Pretoria – Gauteng
- 7 February: Tanya Wiers (44) – Tortured to death – Pieterburg – Limpopo
- 10 February: Niels Erichson (65) – Shot dead – Rustenburg – Northwest
- 11 February: Trevor Rees (79) – Tortured to death – Underberg – Natal
- 12 February: Roelf Pretorius (57) – Shot dead – Springs – Gauteng
- 12 February: Franzi Neukomm - Murdered - Pietersburg
- 13 February: Jan Douwes (65) – Strangled – Gordonsbay – Western Cape
- 13 February: Ryno J v Rensburg – Beaten to death – Warmbad – Limpopo
- 14 February: Louis Smuts (45) – Shot dead – Balfour – Mpumalanga
- 14 February: Belinda Smuts (42) – Shot dead – Balfour – Mpumalanga
- 14 February: Gert Smuts (77) – Shot dead – Balfour – Mpumalanga
- 14 February: Paulina Smuts (74) – Shot dead – Balfour – Mpumalanga
- 16 February: Marie Verwey (80) – Stabbed to death – Stellenbosch – Western Cape
- 16 February: Christine Solik (57) – Beaten to death – Nottingham Road - Natal
- 16 February: Roger Solik (66) – Tortured to death – Nottingham Road – Natal
- 19 February: Susan Howarth (65) – Tortured to death – Dullstroom – Mpumalanga
- 23 February: Milly (95) – R@p#d and strangled – Uitenhage – Eastern Cape
- 24 February: Piet Jacobs (79) – Strangled – Hartswater – Northern Cape
- 25 February: Andre Durant (62) – Shot dead – Rustenburg - Northwest
- 26 February: Jossie Gilson (90) – Stabbed to death – Vanderbijlpark – Gauteng
End of Bridges' report.
WHAT MORE CAN I SAY? I am only an owfma-sa - an ordinary white female middle-aged South African - who wants to live in peace and harmony with my fellowman. I have no power to stop crime; I can but only pray that ALL criminals in South Africa come to their senses and stop their evil deeds. Fortunately, the police has decided TODAY to tighten their efforts to stop farm crimes.
- The moment I use the correct word for 'r@p#, Hubpages withhold my earnings on the specific hub! (Sigh!)
- My hub Red-October-in-South-Africa contains more information about farm attacks.
- The reader will notice a difference between the number of attacks on police and farmers given by Bridges, as she referred to a different period-report. Apparently to avoid the crux of the matter, too many disputes in SA are about contradictory statistics!