BLF Called For Boycott Of #BLACKMONDAY Farm Murders Protest

The Black First Land First (BLF) movement claims that farmers have turned farms into zones of violence for black people.

Protesters gather in Stellenbosch ahead of their march against farm murders on 30 October 2017. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN

The Black First Land First (BLF) has called on South Africans not to support Monday’s protest against farm killings but instead to mourn the thousands of workers who are still slaves on farms.

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.”

: White farmers are not special, if you wear black do it to mourn the thousands of farm workers who are still slaves on farms.

: White farmers are racist, cruel land thieves who don’t deserve our sympathy.

: It’s a lie to say white farmers feed the nation.

 

: Farm workers are killed by farmers every day from Coligny to Mpumalanga where we saw them put our brother in a coffin.

: The farms are a dangerous and sad place for our people.

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 Paarl resident Johnny Meyer says this is not just about farm murders but they’re taking a stand against all crime. SF

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

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