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South Africa - Farm Attack Victims : 2016 to 2017

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  • Jerry Zandamela (c.1955 - 2016)
    Jerry Zandamela (d.o.b. unknown - 2016) Brief overview: Jerry was murdered on Winterhoek farm, Dundee, KZN, on 5th December 2016. Brief Biography: Other Victims/Family Funeral/Memorial The...
  • Michael Andrews (1950 - 2016)
    Michael Andrews (1950 – 2016) Brief overview: Michael (66), who was last seen on 24 November 2016 and reported missing from Paddock. His body was found on 17th January 2017 buried in a shallow grave...
  • Dennis Courtney (1940 - 2017)
    Dennis Courtney (1940 - 2017) Brief overview: Dennis (77), was found dead, on the afternoon of Friday 19th January 2017, in a field about 800 meters from his smallholding in Haakdoringboom, north of...
  • Niels Erichsen (1952 - 2017)
    Niels Erichsen (1952 - 2017) Brief overview: Niels (65), and his wife were victims of a horrific farm attack, Erichsen was shot twice in his stomach and although rushed to hospital in a critical con...
  • Esihle Molefe (2010 - 2017)
    Esihle Molefe (2010 - 2017) Brief overview: Esihle (7), Cecelia Chiliza (60), Masango Nkosikhona (26), and Dumisani Chiliza (48), were murdered in a mass murder, in Richmond, Midlands area, on 11th ...

“Farm Murders” 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017

SAPS 2016/17 "official" figures: 74 Murders from 638 Attacks

TAU 2016/17 "official" figures: 78 Murders from 406 Attacks

According to the police’s crime statistics, the figures for farm attacks and murders increased drastically for the 2016/2017 year under report. Farm murders increased with 27,5% and farm attacks with 22,9%

Definition of a Farm Attack

The National Priority Committee for Rural Safety defines a Farm Attack as follows: Acts of violence against farms and smallholdings are those acts aimed at any person or persons living on, working at or visiting farms or smallholdings with the intent to either murder, rape, rob or otherwise inflict bodily harm or to intimidate. It is important to note that cases of domestic violence and/or crimes caused by a dispute between family and/or friends are not included in the definition of a farm attack.

Thus the definition of “Farm Murders” specifically EXCLUDES “Social Fabric Crimes”, see examples bottom of page.

There are 60 victims remembered in this project year

  • This figure includes 5 couples (farmer and wife) between 17/06/2016 - 17/02/2017
  • 34 Victims were aged between 60 - 89

2016 April









2017 January



Victims that do not fit the strict definition of a "Farm Attack"

  • [Tony Strydom] (45) 07/2016 Ridgeway smallholding, Louis Trichardt, LP (shot in the back, wife and son arrested) external link
  • Bertie Cilliers (54) 08/12/2016 Spitskop smallholding, Thabazimbi, LP (shot 8 times, relative arrested) external link