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THE number of farm attacks in South Africa is estimated to be 700% higher than in any other country in the world and the chances of a farmer being murdered on a farm in South Africa are anything between four to six times higher than the average murder risk rate for the general population, said Christiaan Bezuidenhout, professor of criminology at the University of Pretoria.He was addressing a conference in Pretoria on Tuesday morning, where the Solidarity Research Institute introduced a report on farm murders and attacks. The report deals with subjects such as the nature and extent of farm attacks, levels of violence during farm attacks as well as the psychological effects on victims.Prof Bezuidenhout said existing data on farm murders and attacks were out of date, covered different time periods and failed to give detailed breakdowns of who, within farming communities, was under attack. He said farm attack numbers were included in general murder statistics on the South African Police...

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