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#STOPTHEMURDERS – Timeline

October 26, 2017 deur Anita Erasmus

AfriForum has been driving a campaign since 2012 to have farm murders prioritised. Although the organisation is of the opinion that the problem has not been resolved completely, it sees the announcement as a giant leap in the right direction.

These are the most important milestones in the campaign to have farm murders prioritised: 

2012

25 May              Wreath-laying at and memorandum to the office of Mr. Nathi Mthethwa, then Minister of Police. In total, 1 445 roses were laid down.

19 June             AfriForum holds a “Stap teen geweld” (walk against violence) march to the Union Buildings in cooperation with Bobby and Karlien van Jaarveld. A memorandum is handed to President Zuma’s representative.

4 October          AfriForum writes a letter to President Zuma in which the reality of farm murders is highlighted.

30 November    Memorandums are delivered to 100 police stations across South Africa. These memorandums demand stronger actions against farm murders.

1 December      A protest march to the Minister’s office.

2013

8 January          AfriForum lays a complaint against the Minister of Police with the Public Protector.

17 January        The letters of hundreds of farm attack victims are delivered to the Minister of Police.

20 February      AfriForum intensifies its farm murder campaign.

20 March           AfriForum takes up farm attacks with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) after the organisation was approached by various victims and their families.

 

30 Mei               AfriForum and victims request SAHRC trial on farm attacks.

 

18 June             AfriForum exposes police negligence in farm attacks at conference.

11 July              The “Stop die moorde” (stop the murders) campaign launched.

27 June             AfriForum follows double strategy against farm murders.

 

12 August          AfriForum confirms again that farm murders cannot be curbed with normal legal processes and that only a focused anti-strategy will sustainably resolve the crisis.  

28 August          Farm murder wreath-laying

 

11 September   AfriForum and victims of farm attacks take farm murder petition to the United Nations (UN).

18 September   AfriForum starts protecting communities by way of neighbourhood watches and radio systems.

3 October          AfriForum launches the “Hoe lank nog?” (how long still?) campaign. It delivers 10 000 emails to the Minister of Police.

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26 September   Five victims of farm attacks ride 1 000 km with quadbikes to raise awareness for farm murders.  

4 November      The “Hoe lank nog?” (how long still?) song is released in support of the farm murder campaign. 

26 November    AfriForum at the UN in Geneva about minority rights.

2014

 23 May              AfriForum at the UN’s Forum for Minority Issues.

23 June             AfriForum launches national farm attack study.

26 June             International Day in Support of Victims: AfriForum enlists the support of the International Council against Torture (CAT) in its fight against farm murders.

 

3 July                Die SAHRC investigates safety and human rights on farms.

 

27 August          AfriForum releases information document to raise awareness in communities about farm murders.

 

10 September   AfriForum participates in the international protest march against farm murders.

 

2015

15 January        Statistics on farm attacks and murders in 2014 released.

2 February        AfriForum visits the farmers’ market with farm murders issues to market the film Treurgrond.

 

21 March           AfriForum holds a meeting with Mr Senzeni Zokwana, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, during which steps are discussed to ensure the safety of farmers.

16 May              Treurgrond, a movie that portrays the reality of farm murders, is released. AfriForum is the sponsor.

3 July                AfriForum visits Perth, Australia, to raise awareness for farm attacks in South Africa.

 

4 August            AfriForum submits a memorandum for the prioritisation of farm murders at the office of the Minister of Police in Pretoria, where a fight brakes out between AfriForum members and the Police.  

 

5 October          AfriForum requests the Police to release their statistics on farm attacks.

 

2 November      AfriForum requests President Zuma to enter into conversations with victims of farm attacks.

 

November         AfriForum declares November 2015 as national month of protest against farm murders.

25 November    AfriForum chastises the South African Government at the UN.

1 December      AfriForum intensifies its campaign to create international awareness for farm murders. Memorandums are delivered to 15 embassies, which request these countries to pressurise the South African Government to prioritise farm murders.  

2016

10 February      AfriForum releases the farm murder and attack figures for 2015, which indicate that 2015 saw the most farm attacks in 15 years.

26 February      AfriForum triumphs in the High Court: the Police must present their farm murder statistics.

2017

16 March   Report indicates correlation among politics, hate speech and rise in farm murders.

26 April   Farm attacks and farm murders in South Africa: Statistics point to drastic increase in farm murders.

25 October   70 farm murders since 1 January: AfriForum launches civil motion of no confidence in Fikile Mbalula