Attacks on Farms and Smallholdings: An evaluation of the rural protection plan

The results of research to understand the phenomenon of attacks on farms and smallholdings in South Africa.

The incidence of violent crime on farms and smallholdings in South Africa is a cause of great concern to both the farming community and South Africans in general. The seriousness of continued attacks against the farming community in South Africa, and the urgency of confronting the issue, led former president Nelson Mandela to convene a rural safety summit in October 1998 to formulate a comprehensive strategy to deal with the problem.

Authors: Martin Schönteich and Jonny Steinberg

Development partners
The research was funded by the Secretariat for Safety and Security and the Argi Securitas Trust Fund. The publication was funded by the Hanns Seidel Foundation. The South African Police Service and the South African National Defence Force provided in-kind support.
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