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HRC to call on authorities to help curb farm attacks

The commission released the findings of its probe into the root causes of violence in farming communities.

FILE. The HRC hosted public hearings and investigated the root causes of violence in farming communities after it found there had been 33 murders and 148 attacks since January. Picture: sxc.hu.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says that despite making recommendations to stop ongoing attacks on farms, it's concerned that it won't be taken seriously as a Chapter 9 institution.

On Thursday, the commission released the findings of its investigation, which highlighted key actions to be taken to combat the problem.

The HRC hosted public hearings and investigated the root causes of violence in farming communities after it found there had been 33 murders and 148 attacks since January.

Human Rights Commissioner Danny Titus says the commission will use its monitoring and evaluation tools to make sure its recommendations are properly implemented over the next year.

But he says Chapter 9 institutions are not respected in South Africa, and the commission has also hosted an investigation with similar recommendations in 2003 and again in 2008.

"We will have to take that responsibility on ourselves to see to it that it is done."

Titus says the farm attacks reflect a deep lack of confidence in the legal system, where criminals believe they won't be caught or charged.

The commission is submitting the report to Parliament's public safety committee, calling on it, the police and the National Prosecuting Authority to step up their involvement in stopping criminals.