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South Africa - Farm Attack Victims : 2016 to 2017

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  • Friedel Johannes Filter (1939 - 2016)
    Friedel Johannes Filter (1939 – 2016) Brief overview: Friedel (77), was with his family at Brainsweight farm when the armed men – carrying guns and knives – approached him. Filter was shot dead, wh...
  • Edwin Mapstone (1964 - 2017)
    Edwin Mapstone (1964 – 2017) Brief overview: Edwin (53) shot dead, wife Jean (50’s) multiple stab wounds moved to hospital. Brief Biography: Other Victims/Family Funeral/Memorial The Farm...
  • Frederik Liebenberg (1964 - 2017)
    Doctor Frederick Liebenberg (1964 – 2017) Brief overview: Frikkie (53), Lived alone. He was shot in the back from behind through a window while sitting with his laptop, and killed instantly. Brie...
  • Susan Deborah Howarth (1952 - 2017)
    Susan Howarth "Sue" (1952 – 2017) Brief overview: On Sunday 19th February 2017 Susan Howarth and her husband Robert Lynn were attacked on their farm in Dullstroom, Mpumalanga, South Africa. Three m...
  • Christine Solik (1960 - 2017)
    Christine (57) and her husband Roger (66), were tortured before being murdered, by two attackers - Thulani Moses Mthembu (43), and Xolani Brian Ndlovu, (aka 'Maja’) (32), a Zimbabwean. The couples' han...

“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%

There are 67 victims remembered in this project

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.

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2017 January



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

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