Inside the ‘most dangerous job in the world’: White farmers in South Africa are FOUR times more likely to be murdered than anyone else – as Peter Dutton vows to ‘fast-track’ them into Australia as refugees
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- White farmers in South Africa have the most dangerous job in the country, says civil rights group AfriForum
- Claims farmers are twice as likely to be murdered than police and killed at four times rate of wider community
- AfriForum claimed there had already been 109 attacks which left 15 white farm workers dead so far this year
- Figures can’t be verified because the government has refused to release farm murder statistics since 2007
- Some killings are reported to have been barbaric and involve torture, rape and slaughter in front of families
- Government denies whites are targeted and says farm murders are part of South Africa’s wider crime problem
- Ernst Roets, AfriForum’s vice president, claimed that ‘political factors’ were fuelling violent attacks on farmers
- Peter Dutton last week announced plans to fast-track white South African farmers through refugee program
White farmers in South Africa have the most dangerous job in the country, are twice as likely to be murdered than police and are killed at four times the rate of the wider community, a rights group claims.
This week, as the government moves to seize all white-owned land without compensation, civil rights organisation AfriForum claimed there had been 109 attacks which left 15 white farm workers dead so far this year.
This follows 82 killings and 423 attacks in 2016, though none of the figures can be verified because the South African government has refused to release farm murder statistics since 2007.
Some of the killings are reported to have been barbaric, with farm owners tortured, raped, burned alive and slaughtered in front of their families.
White farmers in South Africa have the most dangerous job in the country, according to civil rights group AfriForum. This man is seen standing on his porch as he describes how he was having breakfast when he was attacked on his farm
South African opposition party Congress of the People leader Mosiuoa Lekota (R) and members of the South African civil society organisation AfriForum march to raise awareness on farm attacks in November, 2017
Farm attack victims are usually restrained with shoe laces, telephone wires or electric cables, according to a previous AfriForum report.
Some have had their nails pulled out, had boiling water poured over their bodies and been beaten to death with makeshift weapons.
‘Some of the murders have been accompanied by gratuitous violence and torture that can only be explained as racial hatred,’ Australian National University international law expert Associate Professor Jolyon Ford told SBS.
In January this year, 86-year-old Piet Els and his partner Rikkie Alsemgeest were the alleged victims of a brutal attack which saw four black men storm their farm, beat them with steel pipes and burn them with an iron.
A farmer speaks to South African police after an incident in which a worker was held at gunpoint and a chainsaw was stolen in November last year
‘They tied me to a chair and came with a steam iron they found in the kitchen and burned me,’ Ms Alsemgeest told The Daily Telegraph.
‘Piet, they burned on his back in three or four places and burned on the back of his leg. They stripped off his skin… I thought Piet was dead because he was lying on the floor.
‘They put a cloth in my face and tied me to the chair. They stripped off my top. I was naked. They put some tape over my face and eyes. They took my breast and twisted, humiliating me, not saying a word.’
This week, a 40-year-old farm manager was tied up and hacked to death by a group of attackers, according to local reports. His wife was said to have been raped.
A protester holds a bible as he speaks to South African farmers & farm workers gathered at a demonstration to protest against farmer murders in the country in October last year
Earlier this month, a woman was allegedly ‘repeatedly and violently’ sexually assaulted in front of her young son as five attackers stormed the family farm.
The group tied the family up in separate rooms and told the woman they would harm her husband if she didn’t comply, according to AfriForum.
The brother of another South African farm owner who witnessed his murder spoke to Australian activist Avi Yemini on Friday.