A British man who retired to a South African farm has become the latest victim in the unrelenting spate of farm attacks which leave white farmers murdered, tortured and mutilated.
Retired British accountant David Alexander Barclay, 66, was found dead in a pool of blood on a farm in Wolmaransstad, after being shot in the neck by intruders demanding money, Beeld reported.
Earlier this month News 24 reported the Transvaal Agricultural Union (TAU SA) warned "farm attacks could reach its highest level in eight years if murders continued unabated." The union said 51 people died in farm attacks during 2012, and eight in January 2013.
In December survivors of farm attacks marched in Pretoria, calling for attacks on South African farmers to be designated a crime of national priority. According to the Truth About South Africa "since 1994, an estimated 4041 farmers have been murdered and many more maimed, tortured, raped and assaulted. The official data is that the murder rate of white South African Farmers (boers) is the highest in the world by profession. It is currently 310/100 000. In London, England, the probability of being murdered is 3/100 000."
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has accused the farmers of "nasty politicking" by raising the issue and refused to consider farm attacks as meriting special police attention.
White farmers are not only at risk of murder but of torture. Women are raped and disemboweled with broken bottles. Other victims are boiled or burnt, or hacked to pieces.