FF Plus will make use of its opportunity to address UN to express its sympathy with victims of terrorist attacks and will place farm murders in the spotlight again

2015-11-20
Dr Pieter Mulder

The FF Plus will next week make use of its opportunity to address the United Nations Human Rights Commission’s forum on Minorities in Geneva, Switzerland to express its sympathy with victims of relatives of the recent terrorist attacks in France and Lebanon in which more than 160 people had died, Dr. Pieter Mulder, Leader of the FF Plus said.

The theme of this years talks will address the issue of ‘How the Criminal Justice System affects Minorities’ and Dr. Mulder says the FF Plus will again direct a plea to the world to take farm murders and the human genocide in South Africa which is apparently going by unnoticed, seriously.

According to figures of the FF Plus there have been 11 514 murders on farms since 1990, while according to statistics of the SA Police Service nearly 18 000 people were murdered in the country in 2013/14. This is on average 375 people every week and 1 500 a month. Only 4 262 people were prosecuted successfully for murder in this period. This is just 24%.

The submission will mention that, where comparative figures for murders throughout the world indicate 7 murders in every 100 000 people of the population, 132,8 farmers in 100 000 people in South Africa are murdered.

Mr. André Fourie, the FF Plus’ committee on foreign relations and councillor in the Cape Town Metro will be presenting the submission.

Dr. Mulder says the theme lends itself well to the FF Plus’ submission and the FF Plus will show the UN the South African government’s apathetic attitude toward in particular, farm murders where the state does not have any special measures in place to adequately address the genocide and the SAPS does not even keep statistics on the issue.

The FF Plus had in the same time last year made four submissions to the UN which, apart from farm murders, also included the failed and harmful land claims process, affirmative action and the dismantling of Afrikaans.

The introduction to the FF Plus’ submission reads as follows:

“Notwithstanding the annual rebuttal by the South African government delegation, wishing us away, we are back here to draw the attention of this Minority Forum to the alarming increase in and the continuous brutal murders of farmers and farm workers, in the privacy of their farms, taking place in our country since 1994, without the necessary protection and/or prohibitive measures in place within our Criminal Justice System.”

The submission is attached.

 

Contact no.: 083 419 5403 / 082 674 6670

UNITED NATIONS

HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

8TH SESSION: FORUM ON MINORITY ISSUES

Geneva Switzerland 24.25 November 2015

 

Presented by:

Andre Fourie – Chairman: International Relations - Freedom Front Plus South Africa

Notwithstanding the annual rebuttal by the South African government delegation, wishing us away, we are back here to draw the attention of this Minority Forum to the alarming increase in and the continuous brutal murders of farmers and farm workers, in the privacy of their farms, taking place in our country since 1994, without the necessary protection and/or prohibitive measures in place within our Criminal Justice System.

We have no option but to internationalise the violence and atrocities directed at and targeting a strategic minority community enterprise responsible not only for food security, but - which contributes considerably to job creation, economic growth and the prosperity of the entire South African nation.

The urgent attention of this august body is called for in the light of:

  • Various commissions and committees of enquiries, plans and strategies, acknowledgements and commitments from the South African authorities having come to nothing;
  • An unacceptably high total of 11 514 farm murders having been committed from 1990 to 2015 – figures from the SA Institute of Security Services;
  • The overall murder rate per year in SA now stands at 17 900 of which only 23,8% are brought to conviction - this proves how the Criminal Justice System fails the victims.
  • The comparative international murder figures showing an average of 7 murders per 100 000 people per year whereas South Africa registers 32 per 100 000 – but, if projected to specific categories it reflects 54 per 100 000 for police officers and a staggering 133 per 100 000 for farmers and farm workers;
  • The Criminal Justice System in South Africa has failed its own promise to put in place a proposed Area Crime Combatting Unit or Sector Policing System to replace the abolished highly successful Commando-protection-system; and
  • The decision by the policing authority, not to release these facts and figures related to farm murders since 2007, as a separate category, serves as an indictment against their clear neglect to protect this particular minority entity.


Therefore, we, the Freedom Front Plus of South Africa, together with other registered South African participants at this Forum –

Request this 8th Forum on Minority Issues to share and adopt our grave concerns, and - to refer this matter to the Human Rights Commission and the Secretary General of the United Nations for its own investigation into this continuous cruel and violent practice committed with brutal force, and - often extreme torture, against the South African farming fraternity.