Saps records significant drop in farm murders

Deputy National Commissioner Fannie Masemola told MPs that officers were working to prevent farm attacks.

Police van. Picture: SAPS.

CAPE TOWN - Officials from the South African Police Service (Saps) say there's been a significant drop in the number of farm murders in the country.

Officers are currently briefing Parliament's police portfolio committee on their successes and other issues.

In the 2010/2011 financial year, a total number of 89 farm murders were reported.

Over the current financial year there've been 49 such incidents.

But the Deputy National Commissioner Fannie Masemola has vowed officers are working tirelessly to prevent attacks on farmers and labourers.

"We are satisfied. However, we cannot say we've reached where we are going because we still have a long way to go with regard to making sure that our rural communities, farmers and farm works are safe."

The Saps also outlined plans to beef up its manpower in rural areas, which includes recruiting more reservists.