‘We Do Not Give Colour To Crime, We Do Not Give Colour To Victims’

FILE: Farming communities protested against farm murders on 30 October 2017,  under the banner ‘genoeg is genoeg’ (enough is enough). Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN

Cabinet has condemned those who blocked roads and displayed the old South African flag during so-called Black Monday protests against farm murders.

Briefing the media at Parliament on discussions at Thursday’s meeting, Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane says that while government respects the rights of South Africans to protest, it has to be done responsibly.

Kubayi-Ngubane says that while there are no plans to ban the old South African flag, the country has to become a non-racial society.

Cabinet says that it is committed to building a cohesive society and says that protesters should exercise their rights responsibly.

Cabinet says that displaying symbols of past oppression, including the old flag, can’t be tolerated.

“We are not yet at a stage to say ban them completely, but if such a discussion arises, we will have to look at it and whether it’s in the best interest of nation-building.”

She says that while the gravity of farm killings is important, crime should not become a race issue.

“We do not give colour to crime, we do not give colour to victims but we believe all of us, as South Africans, deserve to be protected in our country.”

WATCH: #BlackMonday: Protests against farm murders

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