South Africans Protest Farm Murder Epidemic

Rural South Africans protest against farmer murders on Oct. 30, 2017. Thousands of white farmers blocked roads across South Africa to protest an explosion of violence against their communities. PHOTO: David Harrison/AFP/Getty

More and more of the troubled nation’s farms are become killing fields.

9 November 2017

THE TRUMPET — Thousands of black-clad farmers blocked South African highways with slow moving caravans on Monday, October 30, to draw attention to a recent surge in brutal attacks on the country’s white farming population.

The peaceful #BlackMonday protests, leading from farming areas to Cape Town, Pretoria and Johannesburg, were backed by AfriForum, an “Afrikaner interest organization and civil-rights watchdog.” The group reports that more than 70 white farmers have been slaughtered in 341 farm attacks in 2017 so far.

Among the recent attacks that spurred protesters to take to the streets was that of Joubert Conradie, a 47-year-old wine farmer, who was fatally shot after responding to a noise at his residence. During Monday’s demonstrations, another farm murder occurred: Near his farm in KwaZulu-Natal, 70-year-old Bokkie Potgieter was hacked to death with a machete.

Ian Cameron, AfriForum’s head of community safety, told African News Agency, “A farmer has 4.5 times more chance of being murdered in South Africa than an average South African. That means a farmer is three times more likely to be murdered in South Africa than a police officer in this country, at the moment.” […]

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