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South Africa - Farm Attack Victims

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  • Frans Venter (1954 - 2022)
    Frans Venter (1954 - 2022) Brief overview: Frans (68), was alone at the farmhouse after his wife had left for work at 09:00. He was attacked and brutally assaulted and then hacked to death with pang...
  • Dawid Jacobus de Villiers (1924 - 1995)
    David de Villiers (1924 - 1995) Brief overview: David (71), from Farm Kransfontein, in Warden, in the Free State, was beaten to death on his farm on 12 November 1995. His wife Sarie was severely ass...
  • Veronica Deetlefs (1934 - 1997)
    Veronica Deetlefs (1934 - 1997) Veronica (63), from Farm Armondale, Cove Ridge, East London, in the Eastern Cape, was assaulted and her throat slit on 1st February 1997.
  • Susara “Sarie” Catherina Botha (1912 - 1997)
    Susara "Sarie" Botha (1912 - 1997) Brief overview: Sarie (85), was beaten and stabbed at Rosashof holdings, in Vanderbijlpark on 14th February 1997. Brief Biography: Other Victims/Family Fun...
  • Peter Smith (c.1941 - 2009)
    Peter Smith (d.o.b. unknown - 2009) Brief overview: Peter, from Rooikop farm in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, was shot dead, once in the head, when four armed males invaded his farm on 5th September 2009....

Farm Murders in South Africa are a highly politicised issue. Outside of the general concern for homicide in the country, the farm murder rate has been used by many as evidence that South Africa’s white minority is facing victimisation, oppression, and possibly genocide. During a parliamentary debate, the Freedom Front Plus and African Christian Democratic Party quoted farm murder rates of 97 and 133 per 100 000 people. This rate would make farm murders around three times the national average of 34 per 100 000 people murdered per year in the 2015/2016 period.

Between 1990 and 2016 The Transvaal Agricultural Union of South Africa (TAU SA) recorded a total of 1‚824 Farm Attack Victims – 1‚170 were farmers‚ 491 were immediate family members‚ 141 were workers and 22 were visitors.

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 "Social Fabric Crime", ie. 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.

Aim and Scope

This project is intended as a Master Project Index. (Please add profiles here, so that we are able to see total numbers of profiles, but also to the relevant year.)

How to Participate

Add the names of victims with their age and date of death to the relevant projects below (Or PM/email Donovan Penaluna: donno(at) If the person is on Geni please add the link to their profile, and make this a bold entry. If the person does not yet have a profile on Geni but has an external source, add a link to an external source but do not make the link bold. This will help us to see who still needs to have a profile created. //

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