THE demonstrations by many white farmers under the name ‘Black Monday’ has received high criticism from almost all political parties and civil society groups across the country, with many saying that the marches exuded racist behaviours, instead of the intended message which was to raise awareness on the killings of farmers.
The demonstrations angered many citizens, with political parties sharing the same sentiments on the subject, something that is rare in South Africa. The ruling party came out strongly to condemn the demonstrations, particularly the pictures that surfaced on social media, with the marches burning South Africa’s national flag while raising the old apartheid flag.
ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa argued that there have been inhumane practices by some farmers against their workers and brutal killings of black people on farms explained through ludicrous statements such as that they were “mistaken for baboons” and other callous justifications but still, white farmers have kept quiet.
“The myopic call for the protection of farmers, referring in particular to white farm owners, points to an ill-conceived sense of special entitlement, gives a biased racial character to crime, brutality and violence which affects all South Africans and ignores and undermines the deaths of farm workers and other persons on farms,” Kodwa said.
The Economic Freedom Fighters pleaded with those who do not feel safe to reside in South Africa, to relocate to other countries especially if they feel more superior to other races.
“We call on all who took to the streets, who wish for the return of apartheid and protection under its values to take the next convenient boats and leave our country. The land and farms that they occupy will simply be assumed by other commercial farmers,” said EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.
The civil rights group AfriForum which released statistics that showed the probabilities of white farmers being victims of the ongoing attacks vowed to continue with their marches until the killings stop. Ernst Roets, AfriForum deputy CEO accused the minister of Police Fikile Mbalula of taking less initiative in finding ways to put an end to the killings.
“We are going to look at our own safety better. We are going to continue with international awareness campaigns.
“We are going to continue with all of these protest gatherings but we are not going to wait for the minister,” he said.