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'Farm murders not a result of mistreatment of workers'

Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Groenewald says it’s not true farm murders are a result of the mistreatment of farmworkers.

FILE: Picture: AFP.

PARLIAMENT - Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Groenewald says it’s not true farm murders are a result of the mistreatment of farmworkers.

Groenewald was speaking in the National Assembly during a debate on farm murders and attacks.

“If you look at the causes of farm murders, less than 2% was where the victims of the murderers were known to the criminals.”

Groenewald says he asked for the debate because it is more dangerous to be a farmer than a member of the South African Police Service.

He says murders of policemen and women average at 54 for every 100,000 members of the population but when it comes to farm murders, this number rises to 330 per 100,000 of the population.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)