22 May 1998
SA white farmer murders blamed
on political conspiracy
A SPATE of farm killings in South Africa directed at whites is part of a political conspiracy, according to farming organisations and right-wing parties.
But South African police maintain robbery is the prime motive. At least 18 farmers and members of their families have been killed in the past six weeks. Some 142 whites were killed last year on farms in similar attacks.
Farmers yesterday mobilised themselves in self-defence and protection units. Some are abandoning the land but most say they will fight it out.
- The Daily Telegraph 22/05/98 page 18