South African farmers are under daily threat of farm attacks. Although the latest figures, as is the case every year, are shocking, government still refuses to view farm attacks and murders as priority crimes. AfriForum creates hope, however, by establishing safety structures to enhance the safety of people on farms. The civil rights organisation’s latest statistics also indicate that farm attacks are on the increase, but that farm murders are decreasing, which indicate that farming communities are becoming more defensible. AfriForum also launched comprehensive awareness, safety, prevention and support campaigns on local, national and international level.

Wilmien Potgieter Study Fund

The Wilmien Potgieter Study Fund was established in support of children who are victims of farm murders. It was established in memory of Wilmien Potgieter who was only two years old when she was brutally murdered with her parents on a farm outside Lindley in the Free State in December 2010. Her father, Attie, was stabbed 151 times with a panga, garden fork and a knife, in front of his wife Wilna and the two year old Wilmien, after which they too were viciously murdered.