The Black First Land First (BLF) movement claims that farmers have turned farms into zones of violence for black people.
The group claims that farmers have turned farms into zones of violence for black people.
Farming communities across the country are protesting this morning against a lack of policing, severely affecting traffic.
Motorists are complaining of severe traffic disruptions around Pretoria. The Vaal and Krugersdorp have been blocked with tractors and cars.
The police’s Katlego Mogale says police have their hands full.
“Basically it’s all areas with farming communities. They’re just driving slow on the various routes and in Meyerton that’s where we experienced a problem where the road was basically barricaded with a truck.”
The movement was started in Cape Town by a group called Enough is Enough after the murder of farmer Joubert Conradie on his farm earlier this month.
Earlier this morning, Midvaal Mayor Bongani Baloyi received a memorandum from the protesters.
“It’s an issue across South Africa as well. I think our local farmers are starting to feel it as well and also calling on police to do their role in trying to stop these killings in South Africa,” Baloyi said.
Lobby group AfriForum has given its backing to the protest.
The group’s Thomas van Dalen says: “Food security should be a matter of national priority. Every farmer that’s murdered in his farm creates a chain reaction.
“The first link in the chain reaction breaks, suddenly thousands of are out of food due to a farmer that was taken out of food supply chain as well as farmers that leave their farms out of fear for their lives.”
According to the group, there have been 70 fatal attacks on farmers since January.
Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has warned protesters to be peaceful, adding that action will be taken against those who threatened to blockade roads with trucks and tractors.
By: Mia Lindeque/EWN