Sunday, 15 November 2009

More farm killings than in Afghan war - union

November 12 2009 at 10:18AM

Farm attacks in South Africa this year have claimed more lives than the war in Afghanistan, an agricultural organisation said in a report on Thursday.

A total of 91 British soldiers died this year in the war in Afghanistan, compared to 111 people who were killed in farm attacks in South Africa over the same period, said Chris van Zyl, assistant manager of the Transvaal Landbou Union (TLU).

Beeld newspaper reported that over the past eight years, 282 British soldiers died in Afghanistan, quoting numbers provided by the BBC broadcaster.

But in just four years, 292 people died in farm attacks in South Africa, said Van Zyl, adding that these numbers were "conservative".

Van Zyl said these statistics were given to the TLU by the police, who did not want the organisation to make it public. - Sapa


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