Yes­ter­day’s ‘Black Mon­day’ protest did not achieve its ob­jec­tive of high­light­ing the mur­der of farm­ers – but re­minded South Africans of the painful di­vide be­tween races.

FARM MUR­DERS: MIN­IS­TER’S MADE IT CLEAR HE WON’T ACT – AFRIFO­RUM Lobby group says it will keep protests go­ing and ex­ert pres­sure on govern­ment.

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Min­is­ter of Po­lice Fik­ile Mbalula was “part of the prob­lem” re­gard­ing at­tacks and mur­ders on farms, as he has made it “quite clear” he is not go­ing to do any­thing about it, civil rights group AfriFo­rum said yes­ter­day.

Thou­sands of peo­ple took to the streets of Pre­to­ria and other parts of the coun­try yes­ter­day in a protest dubbed #Black­Mon­day to picket against att acks and killings on farms in South Africa.

Dressed in black, they joined AfriFo­rum and Sol­i­dar­ity union at the Voortrekker Mon­u­ment to raise aware­ness on the scourge.

The po­lice min­is­ter was contributing to the prob­lem as he had failed to give feed­back on the mat­ter, AfriFo­rum deputy CEO Ernst Roets said.

He was re­fer­ring to the fact that Mbalula did not re­lease spe­cific fig­ures on farm att acks and mur­ders when he tabled the 2016/17 crime sta­tis­tics in par­lia­ment last week.

“We are go­ing to con­tinue to put pres­sure on govern­ment … and [con­tinue with] protests.

“But we are not go­ing to wait for the min­is­ter, be­cause Mbalula has made it clear he is not go­ing to do any­thing about this,” he said.

AfriFo­rum’s head of com­mu­nity safety Ian Cameron added that Eco­nomic Free­dom Fighters leader Julius Malema had also con­trib­uted by mak­ing gen­er­al­i­sa­tions that cre­ated a “sense of di­vide”.

“Malema makes gen­er­al­i­sa­tions that call for com­mu­ni­ties to feel a sense of po­lar­i­sa­tion and di­vi­sion.

“Mbalula made this a laugh­ing mat­ter in par­lia­ment.

“We can’t al­low any­one in this coun­try to be­come just a statis­tic. To govern­ment at this mo­ment, farm­ers are just num­bers.”

Some dis­grun­tled farm­ers blocked roads and high­ways yes­ter­day, lead­ing to ma­jor traf­fic de­lays.

This af­fected ma­tric­u­lants who were en route to sit for the 2017 na­tional se­nior cer­tifi­cate ex­ams yes­ter­day, Gaut­eng Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment spokesper­son Steve Mabona said.

He said the depart­ment would let those who ar­rived late write the ex­ams.

“Ad­min­is­tra­tive pre­scripts will be in­voked for all those who might have missed [ yes­ter­day’s] pa­per.

“We ex­pect min­i­mal, ex­cep­tional cases,” he added.

Road Traf­fic Man­age­ment Cor­po­ra­tion spokesper­son Si­mon Zwane said three peo­ple were ar­rested for ob­struct­ing traf­fic on the N1 in Pre­to­ria.

“They were re­leased with a R1 000 fine each and warned to ap­pear in court on Novem­ber 24 if they want to chal­lenge the fine.” –

Pic­ture: Michel Bega

POSTERS. Sup­port­ers of #Black­Mon­day picket along Hen­drik Pot­gi­eter Road, west of Jo­han­nes­burg, yes­ter­day.

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