Why March For 71 Farmers Only In a Country Where 19000 People Are Killed Annually

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By Pinky Khoabane

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Farmers protesting against farm killings. Some were holding the old SA flags & Burning the SA Flag

UNTIL a few hours ago when I met a source for a story I’m writing – I had no idea today is Black Monday. A day when farmers are protesting against farm killings. Ironically these murders, for which there are protests across the country which have blockaded highways, are only of farmers and not of their workers, most of them Black, who are also victims of killings on farms.

Stories of workers killed on farms are plenty. Just last week, two farm workers who filmed themselves forcing Victor Mlotshwa into a coffin and threatening to set it alight were each sentenced to 10 years behind bars. There are numerous accounts, too many in fact, of farmer workers who are killed by their bosses and their hunter friends because they are “mistaken” for animals.

The numbers also dont back the exclusivity of the protests to only farmers. According to statistics, seventy-one (71)  farmers were killed in the 2016/17 year in comparison to 19 000 of people killed in the entire country during the same period. Every life is precious and farmers’ lives are just as important as those of those killed every day.

The big question is why farmers view themselves as exclusive targets of what is a violent country in which we have all become victims. The answer is simply that racism has no logic. It is irrational. There is no reason for the farmers to protest without their workers, as a start, than simply that they dont view the lives of their workers as equal to theirs.

And this is the tragedy of racism. Throughout history racist ideology has been used as a rational defence for slavery and the apartheid separatist state. Racists have grouped human beings on the basis of the colour of their skin and other similar behaviours to rank each group against the other. Racists however, ultimately believe they are superior to other groups.

The organisers of the Black Monday would do well to give credibility to their protests by being inclusive and recognising that the killings of farmers are not exclusive to them alone. It is a scourge that has beset the entire nation – but then again South Africa isn’t a nation with a set of common values and united against a common enemy. And therein lies the tragedy of our country.

4 Comments on "Why March For 71 Farmers Only In a Country Where 19000 People Are Killed Annually"

  1. Greg Alexander Mashaba | October 30, 2017 at 4:52 pm | Reply

    I generally have the problem of bad breath. That is why I always keep a bottle of mouthwash next to my bed and sometimes in my briefcase when travelling. The hypocrisy of our white compatriots can only serve to make my task of keeping my breath fresh infinitely more difficult.
    The burning of our flag and the waving of racist flags tells us in pure and simple terms that this is a nothing but a desperate call to return to racist minority rule.The fact that this comes two days after the sentencing of the so-called “coffin case ” racists in Mpumalanga might serve as a useful indicator of their true intentions and motives.
    Thanks to you racists, my breath smells!

  2. Jeff Koorbanally | October 30, 2017 at 8:58 pm | Reply

    Indeed this march totally lost its purpose, sadly it ended up as a show of white power!

    We all condemn the killing in the farms & everywhere else.

    We need to stand together as a country (black & white) to protest against this scourge in the same manner it was done on #Zuma must fall. Farmers came out with their workers to that protest!

  3. There’s no need for Afrikaaners as adopted South African nation from Dutch to alienate themselves from the indigenous African people.
    There are positive things that needs to be enhanced from Afrikaaners and black people. On the roadside, a sight of both black & white beggars, give a sign of a nation which needs each other to fix the country and share the wealth without counter accusations.
    Learning from each other, and accepting diversity can build a strong, United nation.
    Farmers and workers are equally valuable, they need each other.
    There’s no room for bigotry, racism, nazism, and hatred for no apparent reason.
    Sharing and securing the wealth of the country is very important.
    Separate development destroyed has caused a rift, and the solution is to work together and rebuild the country without separation.

  4. They completely missed the opportunity.

    They should have campaigned against all manner of crimes affecting all the South Africans instead of “white farm murders”

    Their campaign will wither and die

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