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Thousands of people across the country took to the streets yesterday to take part in what civic group AfriForum described as the biggest protest ever against farm murders.
The protest‚ dubbed #BlackMonday‚ was initially sparked by a video by Chris Loubser‚ a farm manager from Franschhoek‚ whose friend had been killed.
Since January‚ at least 341 farm attacks have been carried out in which 70 people have been murdered‚ according to AfriForum.
In Midvaal‚ traffic was backed up on the R59, while near Pretoria the N1 South was blocked towards Lynnwood Road. Traffic SA reported a standstill on the N4 Bakwena Highway.
Police spokesman Fikile Funda said more than 1000 people took part in the protest on the R59 in Sedibeng.
“There were also about 1 500 cars that blockaded roads‚” he said, adding that the protest had been peaceful.
Midvaal mayor Bongani Baloyi said farm murders were an issue across the country‚ not just in Midvaal.
“It’s important that we support our farmers and that law enforcement [agencies] do their job,” he said.
Baloyi received a memorandum from protesting farmers.
Meanwhile‚ more than a 1000 people, dressed in black T-shirts, gathered outside Kanonkop wine estate near Stellenbosch to show support for the victims of farm murders.
The recent murder of Stellenbosch wine farmer Joubert Conradie sent shock waves through the farming community.
“We want government to take note of the scale of farmers being murdered and take action‚” said Oscar Papendorf, also dressed in a black T-shirt with the slogan “Staan op teen plaasmoorde” (stand up against farm murders).
“We hope today’s mass action will show the frustration and anger we have towards the killing of our farmers.”
AfriForum chief executive Kallie Kriel said: “We are very happy with the attendance. The protest was about sending a strong message that people are tired of farm murders.”
Kriel said AfriForum would organise another protest at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on November 25.
“This was just the beginning. We are going ahead with more protests. What we need is for community safety initiatives to be strengthened‚” Kriel said. –
Three people were injured in an accident during the #BlackMonday protest on the N4 near Middelburg in Mpumalanga. Farming activists took to the streets to protest against farm murders
A protester at Greenpoint Stadium.