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#BlackMonday: Wife of murdered farmer calls for unity

Farmers across the country have taken their pleas for increased policing in rural areas to the streets.

Family members of murdered Klapmuts farmer Joubert Conradie are comforted during an address at a protest against farm murders. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Farmers across the country have taken their pleas for increased policing in rural areas to the streets.

A convoy of vehicles will make its way to the city centre on Monday morning as part of a protest against farm killings.

The demonstration comes after the murder of Klapmuts farmer Joubert Conradie earlier this month, the fourth attack on a Western Cape farm this month.

A heartbroken family member of the slain farmer says that the country must unite behind farming communities.

Marlene Conradie, who’s joined the protest, paid tribute to her husband.

“I ask that we stand together today, so that no family will have to endure this type of pain again.”

Demonstrators will converge on Cape Town Stadium later this morning.

Meanwhile, Johan Burger, independent crime analyst, says that it is unfortunate farm killings have been racialised and politicised.

“It’s so frustrating that groups, wherever they come from, try to racialise and politicise this thing. The reality is our farming communities are under siege and have been for a number of years.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)