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AfriForum wants farm murders classified as priority crimes

The organisation announced yesterday that 277 verified farm attacks were recorded last year.

FILE: Civil rights union AfriForum says it will intensify its campaign to have murder declared a priority crime as it urges farmers to increase their safety and security at their homes. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - Civil rights union AfriForum says it will intensify its campaign to have murder declared a priority crime as it urges farmers to increase their safety and security at their homes.

The organisation announced yesterday that 277 verified farm attacks were recorded last year.

In the 277 farm attacks, 67 people were murdered indicating an increase in attacks and murders.

The rural areas north of Pretoria, along Mpumalanga as well as Brits and Rustenburg in the North West, have been identified as vulnerable areas.

The organisation believes the country's food producers are being used as political punching bags and being marked by politicians as scapegoats for some of the country's problems like land issues.

AfriForum says it will continue to place pressure on police to classify farm attacks as priority crimes, saying their rural strategy against crime is ineffective.