Former Free State Female Farmer of the Year, Mimie Jacobs, is recovering under her mother’s care after she was brutally stabbed last Saturday night in a farm attack that occurred on her farm Rosemead, just outside Bloemfontein. She was stabbed by three men who were armed with knives, but managed to escape and get help from her neighbour.
The victim’s brother, Graham Jacobs, said she is not ready to talk about her ordeal. “She is currently very quiet. It’s traumatic and sometimes we don’t know what to do but there are people that are helping her, and looking into how they can help her cope,” he said.
Meanwhile, FS MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development, William Bulwane, has wished Jacobs a speedy recovery and urged anyone with information to contact the police so that the perpetrators can be brought to book.
“The acts of violence against women undermine their right to freedom and make us doubt the very foundation of our democratic society and commitment to human rights. The department is also concerned about the rising incidents of farm attacks and calls for stringent measures to be put in place,” said Bulwane.
FS Agriculture Security Risk Analyst, Dr Jane Buys, said that they condemn the brutal attack ad are currently working on the relaunch of the revised Rural Safety Strategy in the province. “There is a rural safety strategy which has been revised. It was relaunched in October 2019 in Limpopo, so we are currently busy planning between ourselves, the National Prosecuting Authority and the police in the Free State to relaunch that rural safety strategy,” said Buys.
She added that every farming community should take note of the differences between the strategies, as the revised one now has eight key focus areas. “The primary focus is on the serious and violent offences, the farm attacks as it is. And it also includes the awareness campaigns in the rural areas in the farming communities because it’s not only the producers and the upcoming, subsistence farmers that are getting attacked, it’s also the workers and people living on farms and smallholdings. Our analysis shows that the majority of attacks is now on the workers and persons living on farms,” said Buys.
No new developments on the case have been reported by the police.