28 September 2018
Ramaphosa told on Wednesday at the U.N. in New York that there are “no farm murders or land grabs in South Africa”. Victims of these violent and traumatic attacks reacted in shock at his statement.
Adri Cronje and her family were attacked by five armed men, including a police officer, on their Bothaville farm in 2016. She said that only a person who did not go through such an experience will make such a statement. “It is only by the grace of God that we are still alive,” Adri said.
Hendrik Jansen van Rensburg, who’s father Willie, were killed in a attack on his farm between Odendaalsrus and Welkom in 2016, said that Ramaphosa’s statement was “sly and underhanded” because he is familiar with the situation. “The statistics are available; his statement is hurtful.”
Arend Corbett, a farmer from Ficksburg, had to fight for his life after he got shot in the face three times in 2017. He said the president can’t make such claims, it just angers one.
Vrystaat Landbou (VL) also released a media statement on Thursday. VL said it is shocking that Ramaphosa chose his words in such a way to paint pres. Donald Trump’s tweet about farm murders and land grabs as ill informed.
The organization also said that according to statistics made public in parliament, that in 2015-2016 19 murders and 446 farm attacks took place, during 2016-2017 there were 66 murders and 478 attacks, and in 2017-2018 62 murders and 561 attacks took place.
The president’s credibility is being brought into question, it also damages the trust that organised agriculture is supposed to have in him, VL said in their statement.