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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Politicsweb by Theo de Jager.]

With a dramatic increase in farm attacks and murders, and while public discourse in this regard has been intensifying in South Africa as well as abroad, one of the most polarising issues is the question of whether this atrocity simply is an extension of general lawlessness in rural areas.

A good many political commentators, journalists and even agricultural unions are downplaying this phenomenon as the same tragedy that is taking place in townships and cities on a daily basis; people are robbed and murdered for a cell phone or a negligible amount of money. Numerically speaking, gang-related violence on the Cape Flats is even worse than the phenomenon of farm murders, it is said, and here, too, women and children are becoming the victims of endemic crime, the same as on farms.

Especially on social media, people complaining about farm murders are being vilified for “claiming special attention for the agricultural community”, while city dwellers and in particular residents of townships are killed every day as well.

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South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
4.3% y/y in August 2019 (CPI) & +4.5 y/y in August 2019 (PPI)
3.1% q/q (2nd quarter of 2019)
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