While national figures on rhino poaching went down in 2018 it increased in Mpumalanga, according to the deaprtment of environmental affairs.
The #BlackMonday protest was meant to send a message to authorities to do more to avert the killing of farm workers in South Africa.
Placards reading – “No Farmer No Food”, “Stop Farm Murders” and “Staan op teen plaasmoorde”, which means stand up against farm murders”, were amongst the signs farm-workers used to raise the alarm against farm attacks.
Highways were blocked off across the country as farmers used their lorries, trucks and tractors to force a go-slow for motorists in protest against the killing of farmers.
74 farmers were killed in the 2016/17 financial year, according to the 2017 crime statistics released by police minister Fikile Mbalula.
The farmers say the attacks and murders are a threat to food security and that authorities should do something to curb it.
The nationwide Black Monday protests were organised by Afriforum and AgriSA on Monday this week.
“The reason why we are saying farm murders is so important is you must ask yourself what you had for breakfast this morning. If there’s not farmers, the nation is going to starve,” Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Groenewald, who was also part of the protests, said.
He said the 638 farm attacks that occurred in the last financial year could have ended up in murders.
In Middelburg, a truck lost control and hit cars, injuring Black Monday protesters.
Paramedics were called to treat the injured.
(edited by MLM)
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