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52 Murders a Day in South Africa!

Updated on March 17, 2017
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Authors Note

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.

Gangs in South Africa
Gangs in South Africa | Source

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.

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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!

Sister Gertrud Tiefenbacher, brutally killed in April, 2015
Sister Gertrud Tiefenbacher, brutally killed in April, 2015 | Source

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.

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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.

Conclusion

Description
Killings April to December 2016
Killings per day
Police officers
66
0.24 (1 every 4 days)
Farmers
53
0.19 (1 every 5th day)
Gang related
413
0.52 (± 1 every 2nd day)
All others
14,071
51.41
TOTAL
14,333
52.36
Murdered South Africans between April and December 2016

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

South Africa's Crime statistics April to December 2016
South Africa's Crime statistics April to December 2016 | Source
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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. 1 February: Gavin Carter (47) – Shot dead – Underberg, Natal
  2. 1 February: Nicky Harmse (61) – Shot dead – Kameeldrift-Wes, Gauteng
  3. 2 February: Daniël Kilian (62) – Shot dead – Leeupoort, Limpopo
  4. 3 February: Pats Truter (77) – Strangeled - Naboomspruit – Limpopo
  5. 3 February: Elderly man: – Beaten to death – Rustenburg – Northwest
  6. 5 February: Pieter Pieterse (57) – Beaten to death – Ellisras – Limpopo
  7. 5 February: Wilfred Ernsting (54) – Murdered – Henneman – Vrystaat
  8. 6 February: Stephan Harris (28) – Beaten to death – Pretoria – Gauteng
  9. 7 February: Tanya Wiers (44) – Tortured to death – Pieterburg – Limpopo
  10. 10 February: Niels Erichson (65) – Shot dead – Rustenburg – Northwest
  11. 11 February: Trevor Rees (79) – Tortured to death – Underberg – Natal
  12. 12 February: Roelf Pretorius (57) – Shot dead – Springs – Gauteng
  13. 12 February: Franzi Neukomm - Murdered - Pietersburg
  14. 13 February: Jan Douwes (65) – Strangled – Gordonsbay – Western Cape
  15. 13 February: Ryno J v Rensburg – Beaten to death – Warmbad – Limpopo
  16. 14 February: Louis Smuts (45) – Shot dead – Balfour – Mpumalanga
  17. 14 February: Belinda Smuts (42) – Shot dead – Balfour – Mpumalanga
  18. 14 February: Gert Smuts (77) – Shot dead – Balfour – Mpumalanga
  19. 14 February: Paulina Smuts (74) – Shot dead – Balfour – Mpumalanga
  20. 16 February: Marie Verwey (80) – Stabbed to death – Stellenbosch – Western Cape
  21. 16 February: Christine Solik (57) – Beaten to death – Nottingham Road - Natal
  22. 16 February: Roger Solik (66) – Tortured to death – Nottingham Road – Natal
  23. 19 February: Susan Howarth (65) – Tortured to death – Dullstroom – Mpumalanga
  24. 23 February: Milly (95) – R@p#d and strangled – Uitenhage – Eastern Cape
  25. 24 February: Piet Jacobs (79) – Strangled – Hartswater – Northern Cape
  26. 25 February: Andre Durant (62) – Shot dead – Rustenburg - Northwest
  27. 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.

Author's NOTE:

  • 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!
  • YouTube contains countless videos of farm attacks as well as other crimes, but only for those who can handle shocking realities.

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      Martie Coetser 8 months ago from South Africa

      Nadine May – I really don’t suggest that you watch/read more news, because all of it are terribly upsetting. I wish I could lose my interest in news, as I was much happier and less scared of the future when I couldn’t care less about politics. Today we have another kind of bad news. The Argus was cancelled due to too strong winds. Imagine an entire year’s hard work, expensive arrangements and exiting expectations came to nothing due to an act of God. If I were superstitious, I would have thought that God have had enough of SA.

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      Nadine May 8 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Many thanks for your hard work in researching the facts for this article. We in Cape Town seem to live in a very peaceful neighborhood and we just never watch TV, because its not worth it. The programs are rarely advertised on the TV unless you look on the internet, and what we hear from the news, well that is clearly not all true. Yes we both, Robin and I are aware that our country is slowly been sabotaged from all directions, but we do not know what to do about it. All we can do is keeping our thoughts focused on the positive and hold on to an inner knowing that tides will turn. I will nevertheless share your excellent post.

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      Martie Coetser 8 months ago from South Africa

      Barrie Vermeulen – I agree with you. I am 24/7 connected to my town’s Concerned Citizens network via a channel on Zello, so, I am well aware of the wonderful work done by neighborhood watches and safety networks. But still, where the tsotsi’s reign, and where crime is not the order of the day, but the order of the hour, is no safety networks. No wonder mob justice occurs every other week. I feel sorry for those innocent and law-abiding people who can’t rely on the police and can’t even trust their own neighbors.

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      Martie Coetser 8 months ago from South Africa

      kallini2010 – One of the purposes of my ‘noteworthy trend of events in South Africa’ is to increase the gratefulness of people who are living elsewhere in the Western World. We all complain about the problems in the country we live, but we will always find a country that has more and worse problems.

      After my request for a moderator’s review, HP enabled this hub’s ads. I am grateful!

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      Barrie Vermeulen 8 months ago

      If there is a decrease in crime in SA it will not be due to the Police. It is because of an increase of people joining Neighborhood Watches, Safety Networks and Community Police Forums. People who work non-stop to safeguard the community including those who turn their faces away and do not want to get involved.

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      kallini2010 8 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      This is a powerful article - as most of your latest reportages that bring to our awareness issues - compelling, appalling, disturbing and "I-am-glad-it-has-nothing-to do-with me".

      HP lives in "r--e" denial, the majority of people live in death denial. It's not the most welcome topic to say the least. Talking about violent, tragic death is even worse.

      I applaud your willingness to share the bare truth and bring it to the table. When will the situation in South Africa improve? When the tipping point is reached. In the thirty-years war people just got tired of fighting.

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      Martie Coetser 8 months ago from South Africa

      MsDora – Desperation makes me wonder where God is.

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      Martie Coetser 8 months ago from South Africa

      PegCole17 – I can think of many sources –ill-breeding, no education, ignorance, atheism, poverty, boredom, the total inability to build and create, an overwhelming urge to destroy, hate, revenge…

      I do believe the majority of all people on this planet are still extremely uncivilized. Let’s hope miracles happen, dear Peg.

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      Martie Coetser 8 months ago from South Africa

      FlourishAnyway – I wish I knew how to fix all of this :(

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      Martie Coetser 8 months ago from South Africa

      always exploring – I wish I knew why some people are savages? I just can’t imagine myself participating in the doings of rioters, looters and arsonists. How ill-bred or mentally undeveloped must a person be to wreak such havoc? I don’t think South Africans will ever live in peace. As far as I remember we have always been compelled to protect ourselves against unscrupulous criminals who have no respect for the lives and properties of others.

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      Dora Weithers 8 months ago from The Caribbean

      These statistics are unbelievable. It is one thing to get killed in war, but how hateful do people have to be in order to willfully murder older folk, productive farmers and others who need to be protected? It is mind-boggling. Wish we knew how to stop it.

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      Peg Cole 8 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      When I read these statistics I can't help but think ill of those who brutalize and murder the elderly along with innocent citizens and farmers. These crimes are beyond the imagination and makes me wonder about the source of the hate and violence. Your article is eye-opening and thought provoking.

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      FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA

      What is wrong with people? There is no excuse for any of it, not poverty, not the past. The brutality is appalling.

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      Martie Coetser 8 months ago from South Africa

      Jodah – The existence or non-existence of South Africa means absolutely nothing to the USA or any other Western country. It does mean a lot to some other countries in Africa, but those countries are more like orphans, getting electricity and other essential resources at a lower price than South Africa’s own citizens. Something seems to be terribly wrong on the highest levels of government. But I may not say this. Critic from whites is considered as racism. However, the United Nations and the International Criminal Court could apply their powers in favor of SA’s citizens. The International Association of Genocide Scholars may also pull some strings, although, apparently, no races in SA are on the brink of extinction.

      We have a saying at work: “Things will sort themselves out.” Let’s hope the ‘things’ in SA will sort themselves out before total anarchy or a civil war breaks out.

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      Martie Coetser 8 months ago from South Africa

      PDXKaraokeGuy – I envy you and all people who are living in safe countries. I am sure that a hub like this makes you even more grateful for being a citizen of Alaska :)

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      Martie Coetser 8 months ago from South Africa

      mckbirdbks – Up to our necks, indeed, and our president seems to be the most lawless of all, wiping his sit-bone off legal orders and court rulings.

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      Martie Coetser 8 months ago from South Africa

      Blond Logic – More like a pressure cooker about to explode if someone doesn’t cool it in a sec, I would say. But like the frog in the water that is gradually brought to a boil, we keep on breathing. Stay safe in Brazil!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 8 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Martie, every time I read your reporting on the criminal activities in SA, I feel your pain. How horrible that the farmers are being killed. I think Chicago is our worst crime state, not only citizens, but police are gunned down daily. We live in fear here too, esp. since the election. People are rioting and looting, burning shops and cars. I long for the days when we lived in peace. Take care and be safe...

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      John Hansen 8 months ago from Queensland Australia

      This is so shocking, Martie. I don't even know what to say other than thank you for sharing these disturbing facts. It surprises me that countries like USA take action against certain countries based on their human rights abuses e.g. Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam etc, but ignore what goes on in South Africa and other African countries. Maybe they are in the too hard basket, and there is no benefit in getting involved.

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      Justin W Price 8 months ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Martie, these are chilling figures. Living in the relative safety of Alaska, I forget that much of the world is not nearly as fortunate. Thanks for sharing.

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      mckbirdbks 8 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Martie - You are up to your necks in crime. Your country sounds completely lawless, some others I see are still ahead of you as far as the statistics. Be safe.

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      Mary Wickison 8 months ago from Brazil

      The statistics are shocking, and living in fear is an awful way to live. I'm outside the fifth most violent city in the world, and it wouldn't take much for things to tip. It's like keeping a lid on a boiling pot.

      I can't imagine the constant emotional stress you and your family are under. Hopefully, the police will put a stop to the farm crimes as soon as possible. When crimes are occurring, negotiating doesn't happen.

      Stay safe.

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      Martie Coetser 8 months ago from South Africa

      AliciaC – I love your new avatar! Thank you for hoping with me that South Africans will find peace. At present the majority believe that all their problems will be something of the past as soon as each and every one of them has a piece of land. Obviously, they don’t realize that even if they get every inch of SA, there will still be hordes without land. They don’t understand. However, we whites go with the flow while protecting our rights and interests.

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      Martie Coetser 8 months ago from South Africa

      Thank you, dear fpherj48! You will have to ‘employ’ me, in order for me to get a work permit and visa. Once there, I will marry the first American who looks twice at me, and then your government may not deport me. He-he. So easy? Not really. But we will make a plan, I know. However, I pray that it will never become necessary for whites to flee. Knowing that only a few years ago the whites in our neighboring country, Zimbabwe, were compelled to flee after their farms were expropriated without compensation is, of course, another damper on my faith. Your offer is comforting and I will cherish it, thank your dear fpherj48!

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      Linda Crampton 8 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The statistics are horrible, Martie. What a terrible situation! I hope that you stay safe and that South Africa eventually finds peace.

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      Paula 8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Martie.....It should give you much comfort to know beyond a doubt that should things deteriorate so massively that you & your loved ones must flee~~you may come straight to US....your friends who would welcome you instantly and be more than happy to help you every step of the way. I know 2 ladies for certain whose doors are wide open to you & your family! Your BFF Maria and yours truly, Martie.

      My home is your home.....aka "Mi Casa, Su Casa!!" Much love, Paula

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      Martie Coetser 8 months ago from South Africa

      billybuc – Horrible, indeed! Between fake news and alternative facts lies the truth apparently invisible to those who are supposed to acknowledge it. We are living in interesting times :))

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      Martie Coetser 8 months ago from South Africa

      sallybea – Very alarming figures, indeed! It is not that easy anymore to emigrate. While South Africa’s government allows ALL immigrants – encouraging xenophobic outbreaks! – other countries accept only the cream of the crop. And even this has come to an end. I believe the majority whites lives in denial, or they believe that the Constitution will protect them. Let’s see what’s going to happen with this new demand that the Constitution be changed in order to allow land expropriation without compensation.

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      Martie Coetser 8 months ago from South Africa

      Shyron E Shenko – Advertising is in any case disabled on this hub by automatic content filters, probably because I used too many negative words such as ‘murder’ and ‘kill’ and ‘crime’. They still have to review this hub. Perhaps they will enable the ads again. Fortunately, making money is not my first priority.

      WTH? – “President Trump granted TransCanada permission to take land from Americans by eminent domain, even the Native American Reservations lands…” The more I hear about The Donald the more he reminds me of an American sociopath-narcissist-con artist I knew for a short while a couple of years ago. Let’s not stop hoping that peace will come to all of us, dear Shyron!

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      Martie Coetser 8 months ago from South Africa

      fpherj48 – Auw, Paula your comment made me cry. The fact that you are aware of what’s going on here, and that you keep me and my fellow-South Africans (the victims of criminals and an egregiously lax government) in your thoughts and prayers, keeps me strong and brave. You have no idea how I appreciate your empathy and moral support. Of course, the moment the opportunity presents itself, my children and I WILL flee, but in the meanwhile we still enjoy the many good things in our personal zones, and handle the bad as it comes. If I don’t listen to the news, and don’t read newspapers, I can easily believe that I am living in a perfect country.

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      Martie Coetser 8 months ago from South Africa

      Nell Rose – I can’t imagine living on a farm or a small holding, while in the past (before 1994) everybody were envious of farmers living and working in peace close to nature. I no longer spend a weekend on a farm. Call me a coward, but honestly, being tortured and brutally killed by a bunch of savages is the last thing I ever want to experience. Not that we in towns are better off. Fact is, too many criminals are roaming this country. Let’s hope that crime will, like any other plague, rave itself out.

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      Martie Coetser 8 months ago from South Africa

      marcoujor, my dear sfam, I am so sorry for upsetting you each and every Sunday, but honestly, I can’t find any good news to share. Reality in politics is indeed scary and horrifying. I will soon post another batch of travelogues. You will like them. Promise.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Horrible! It mirrors this country, despite our President's recent claim that murders are down here. Ask any citizen what they think of the crime rate and you'll get the real truth, not some alternative facts spouted by the government.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 8 months ago from Norfolk

      Alarming figures Martie! I only wish all of my relatives had moved a long time ago then I would not need to worry as much as I do now. Stay safe, you are all in my thoughts.

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      Shyron E Shenko 8 months ago from Texas

      Martie, I feel so bad for the law-abiding citizens of your country who have to face the growing crime, and I fear for my own country, that it will become the same way. president trump has already granted TransCanada permission to take land from Americans by eminent domain, even the Native American Reservations lands, I guess his "love of money and lust for power" will win out.

      I know that HP's 'holier than thou' attitude does not all us writers to use certain words like 'r@p#,' even in the context that should allow for it.

      Bless you Martie for writing about the wrong doings by people who love and thrive on violence.

      I hope that Peace comes to all our lands where we can live without fear for our lives.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Paula 8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Martie, Once again, your meticulous reporting is an in-depth source of S.A. education, as well as horror for your readers. You are to be applauded for the vast knowledge and statistics you share in order to expose the atrocities occurring daily in a country whose government is egregiously lax in it's actions against the forces of mass evil.

      Your friends, all of us, have continual concern for you & your beloved countrymen. Helplessness abounds, Martie and I am saddened by being only able to keep you in my thoughts, lacking any abilities to eradicate your fears of imminent danger.

      Stay safe, my dear friend and know that our prayers are sent to you with love and hope for a peaceful end to this insanity. Paula

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      Nell Rose 8 months ago from England

      Martie, what can I say? this is beyond belief, and it must be terrifying living over there, specially if you are a white farmer. all deaths are terrible, I don't have the answer, wish I did really. take care.

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      Maria Jordan 8 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Martie,

      I can never say I enjoy your weekly installments as the subject matter is unsettling, to say the least.

      I can say that I appreciate and get much value from the comprehensive and objective manner in which you share these realities.

      And I love the perspective you bring as an owfma-sa and your videos in the conclusions. In this case, may:

      ** Beauty win over the ugliness of the murder of anyone.

      ** Peace become way more than just a word.

      Happy, peaceful Sunday to you - be safe. Love, mar