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South Africa: hideous atrocities on farms.

I am a regular reader of the New African New African is an English-language monthly news magazine based in London. Published since 1966, it is read by many people across the African continent and the African diaspora.  magazine and I thoroughly appreciate it. However, as a missionary in South Africa South Africa, Afrikaans Suid-Afrika, officially Republic of South Africa, republic (2005 est. pop. 44,344,000), 471,442 sq mi (1,221,037 sq km), S Africa.  I think that your article "South Africa Farm Violence, Enough Is Enough" needs some balance.

The feature uses the zoom lens to focus on the few isolated cases of violence perpetrated by white farmers, but fails to use the wide-angle lens on the vast amount of vicious violence perpetrated against the farmers.

There have been over 7,000 acts of violence against farmers reported. This is including approximately 1,000 white South African farmers murdered in the last 10 years. And these have hardly been people killed by accident in the course of some robbery by common criminals.

The vicious tortures inflicted upon many of these farmers, many of them old and retired people, almost defies description. Rape, torture, mutilation Mutilation
See also Brutality, Cruelty.

Mutiny (See REBELLION.)


hacked to death; body pieces strewn about. [Gk. Myth.: Walsh Classical, 3]

Agatha, St.

had breasts cut off. [Christian Hagiog.
, staking down farmers and burning their limbs off while alive, hideous atrocities.

And when some of these so-called "common criminals" have been killed in self defence by some of the farmers, or captured, it has frequently turned out that they are connected with the armed wings of the old liberation movements, MK (ANC ANC
African National Congress

ANC African National Congress: South African political movement instrumental in bringing an end to apartheid

ANC n abbr (=
) and APLA APLA AIDS Project Los Angeles (California)
APLA Asia Pacific and Latin America
APLA Atlantic Provinces Library Association
APLA Antiphospholipid Antibody (syndrome) 

Some have actually been serving members of the South African National Defence Force The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is the name of the armed forces of South Africa. The military as it exists today was created in 1994, following South Africa's first post-apartheid national elections and the adoption of a new constitution. . There is far more to the plague of farm murders in South Africa than your article has dealt with.

We cannot speak of non-racialism and oppose racism, lawlessness and violence while excusing the systematic targeting, torturing and murder of so many productive farmers who provide much needed employment and food that benefit all of us. Enough is, indeed, enough.

Dr Peter Hammond

Cape Town, South Africa
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Title Annotation:Letters
Author:Hammond, Peter
Publication:New African
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Jun 1, 2004
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