Hundreds of grain farmers in the Free State and North West are calling for harsher laws to deal with farm murders and attacks.

Local farmers, joined by their counterparts in neighbouring countries, notably Nambia, travelled on motor-cycles across the North West province, visiting police stations.

They are calling for a reinforced approach to avert attacks on farms.

Farmers, Rassie Erasmus and Rickie Proffert say they are concerned about crimes committed on farms.

“We are very much worried, because we experience that in Namibia, but not at this big-scale. There is no more law, there are no penalties. They commit a crime and go to a jail for a night and tomorrow they are out.”

Rackie Proffert another farmer says: “We wanted to be part of the mass ride and showing that we do not agree with the current rural murders like this, this just shows how the country is going backwards.”