Farm murders and farm attacks in South Africa: a 2009 update.

1. INTRODUCTION

No crime is without effects, be these physical, emotional or

economic, and these generally range from superficial irritation to

serious trauma. Unfortunately most South African families have been

subjected to this in one form or another. No doubt the very nature of

crime reflects escalation from the initial petty nature thereof to the

ultimate irreversible serious physical or mental injury or loss of life.

Whatever the consequence, no victim neither next-of-kin nor friends

and neighbours, remain unaffected and this applies across the total

spectrum of victims irrespective of