Crime stats reveal a total of 47 recorded farm murders for year ending March 2019

The South African Police Service (SAPS) released the annual crime report, which includes farm murder crime stats for the 2018/2019 year, ending March 2019.

The report indicates that there were 47 farm murders in 41 recorded incidents. According to the report, robberies made up 22 of the incidents, while 7 were classified as attempted murders.

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Two cases were labelled as assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm, while two included robberies at non-residential premises.

Of the 47 incidents, theft of a motor vehicle was indicated in only 1 case, while one stock theft case was opened.

Furthermore, men and women between the ages of 60 to 69 are most likely to be targeted, with the stats showing 13 men and 8 women in that category the victims of recent attacks.

Farm murders: Victims by age and gender

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Minister of Police Bheki Cele said that “crime statistics are not looking good,” but added it looks much better than last year “in addressing the six-year drastic increase in most crime categories.”

In addition, all property-related crimes decreased, with the exception of stock theft, which has increased by 2.9″. Burglary at non-residential premises has stabilised.

Stock theft

According to the report, “more incidences of stock theft are happening at rural areas [where] most of the gates are not locked at the kraals.”

In rural areas, 9 273 incidents of stock theft were recorded, with the figure dropping to 7 865 at inhabited farms, and 1 652 at informal residential areas.

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About 1 162 incidents were recorded at uninhabited farm areas, with 797 recorded for remote areas, 283 informal residential areas, 124 in industrial areas and only 4 in inner city areas.

Methods used to gain entry include climbing over walls and fences, entering the property under false pretenses, breaking or cutting locks and fences, or gaining access to open, unlocked structures.

Cattle are most commonly stolen and make up approximately 44% of the total figure, followed by sheep (27%), Goats (18%), and horses (5%).

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