Far-right extremists, both in South Africa and other countries including Australia, claim white South African farmers are facing a genocide.
Most people don’t accept the hyperbolic claims of a white genocide – it is difficult to equate South Africa with Rwanda or Nazi Germany.
Dan Kriek, the president of AgriSA, the largest representative body of commercial farmers in South Africa, condemns both attacks “in the strongest possible terms”.
But there is a difference between the two that troubles him.
One of the attacks, on a white farmer and his wife, was reported in the media. But the other attack – where the victims were two black farmers – received no coverage.
“The point I am trying to make is the media is not reporting the true state of affairs – farm attacks and farm murders are shared by all racial groups in this country,” Kriek says.
He believes the media portrayal of the farm murders as an onslaught on white farmers does nothing to help social cohesion in a country still haunted by apartheid.
Earlier this year Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton caused a diplomatic furore when he said Australia had “the potential to help some of these people that are being persecuted”.