The civil rights watchdog AfriForum today announced the first issue of this organisation’s farm safety assessment as resource for people in rural areas to secure their properties. This follows after approximately 110 farm attacks and murders in the country since the start of 2018.

“This practical assessment provides an instrument to the rural community to measure how safe they are and also what they can do to be safer. This doesn’t mean that persons who comply with the measures no longer have any risks, but these measures can definitely help,” says Ian Cameron, AfriForum’s Head of Community Safety.

“To implement proactive measures can help to prevent further attacks,” he says. Cameron is of the opinion that the battle is already won halfway through being prepared and making sure that each person does what they can to be safer.

“We must ask ourselves if the government’s silence over farm murders doesn’t make them accomplices? We can however not just sit back ourselves and do nothing; we need to use every possible way to make people safer,” says Cameron.

The assessment can be obtained by sending a request to veiligheid@afriforum.co.za.