Not enough attention is being paid to farm murders, so say a group of concerned South Africans, which has planned a nationwide protest against the killing of farmers and farm labourers.
Tractors, Bakkies and harvesters caused a traffic snarl along the N3 near Bergville and Estcourt in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands on Monday morning as farmers protest against farm murders in the country. About 250 farmers from the area around Bergville, Estcourt, Himeville, Colenso and Ladysmith, wearing shorts and black shirts drove in a convoy along the R74 and onto the N3 toward Johannesburg as part of the #BlackMonday protest.
A farmer that was asked not to be named said: "This protest is to show enough is enough. We just want a country with law and order – is that too much to ask?"
In Cape Town, a large convoy of bakkies, tractors, horse-drawn carts and farming trucks left Kanonkop to travel to Greenpoint Stadium near Cape Town's CBD. They are expected to travel on Voortrekker Road instead of the N1‚ according to authorities from the City of Cape Town.
"We want the government to take note of the scale of farmers being murdered and take action," said Oscar Papendorf‚ dressed in a black t-shirt bearing the slogan "Staan op teen plaasmoorde" -- or "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."
The group is set to disperse from the CBD at 1 pm.