Photo: Ian Cameron.
Representatives of AfriForum are currently in Australia as part of this civil rights organisation’s international campaign against farm murders, where they are relating the stories of victims of farm attacks and farm murders. AfriForum has already met with Minister Andrew Hastie, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, and has participated in a discussion on Sky News Australia’s programme Outsiders.
“The South African government and especially President Cyril Ramaphosa’s blatant denial of farm murders is viewed here by most mainstream role-players as a disgrace. We are now relating the stories of people whose lives have been and are still being destroyed by a government who has turned its back on these victims,” says Ian Cameron, AfriForum’s Head of Community Safety.
Cameron explains that their visit does not focus on statistics, but rather on victims’ stories.
“There is absolute shock here about the brutality of farm attacks and farm murders in South Africa: Robert Lynn, who was burnt with a blow torch; Nicci Simpson, whose feet were drilled through; and John Eckardt, whose nails left marks on the carpets of his house while he was being tortured – these stories speak volumes on the reality of these South African tragedies,” Cameron says.