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Agri Western Cape concerned about spike in farm attacks

In the latest incident earlier this week, a 47-year-old man was shot and killed on a Klapmuts farm near Stellenbosch.

FILE: A South African Police Service van at a crime scene. Picture: Twitter @SAPoliceService

CAPE TOWN - Agri Western Cape says it's time for government to prioritise farm murders.

There have been at least four attacks on Western Cape farms this month.

In the latest incident earlier this week, a 47-year-old man was shot and killed on a Klapmuts farm near Stellenbosch.

Police say that Joubert Conradie was investigating a noise in his house when he was attacked and shot by gunmen.

Agri Western Cape CEO Carl Opperman has expressed shock and devastation following the sudden spike in attacks on farms over the past month.

“No murder or assault can ever be justified. It is, as far as I am concerned, getting out of hand.”

Agri Western Cape and lobby group AfriForum has heeded a call to wear black on Monday, in memory of those who have been killed during attacks on farms.

The call to wear black comes from a friend of Conradie’s.

An appeal has been made to the South African Rugby Union, requesting a moment of silence for all victims of farm murders and violent crimes before Saturday's Currie Cup final match between the Sharks and Western Province.