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South Africa - Farm Attack Victims

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  • Arnold Schultz (1944 - 2012)
    Arnold "Arnie" Schultz (1944 – 2012) Brief overview: Arnie (68), was found dead by police at Die Erf farm, off Vanguard Drive, after worried family members had reported him missing on Saturday after...
  • T J Tlali (1952 - 2023)
    TJ Tlali (1952 - 2023) Brief overview: TJ (71), an up-and-coming farmer and his wife (64), were attacked on their farm Kaalspruit near the N6 highway between Bloemfontein and Reddersburg, on 29/08/2...
  • Matthys van Niekerk (1958 - 2023)
    Matthys "Thys" van Niekerk (1958 – 2023) Brief overview: Thys (65), a well-known civil engineer who lived alone on Farm Uiktyk between Cradock and Hofmyre in the Eastern Cape, was found murdered in ...
  • Andries Willem Janse van Vuuren (1910 - 1970)
    Andries Willem Janse van Vuuren (1910 – 1970) Brief overview: Andries (59), also known as Jas, was murdered on the family farm on 18th February 1970 in Thabazimbi, Limpopo. (Previously recorded as ...
  • Adriana Sarel Joubert (1912 - 1985)
    Adriana Sarel Joubert (1912 – 1985) Brief overview: Adriana (72) died on 15th March 1985 in Lydenburg. She sustained a bullet wound to the head. (Previously recorded as A Joubert (f) 03/1985) Bri...

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.

During a recent elective conference, the official opposition party in South Africa, the Democratic Alliance (DA), adopted a policy resolution to have farm attacks and murders declared hate crimes and priority crimes. media link

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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