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Police Ministry criticises #BlackMonday protests

AfriForum has criticised Police Minister Fikile Mbalula for not releasing the specific statistics of farm attacks and murders.

Farming communities protested against farm murders on 30 October 2017,  under the banner ‘genoeg is genoeg’ (enough is enough). Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Police Ministry has criticised protests held across the country in support of farmers, which saw traffic disrupted and some matrics not able to write exams.

Thousands of farmers and supporters participated in the national Black Monday campaign aimed at highlighting the number of attacks and killings involving farmers.

WATCH: #BlackMonday: Protests against farm murders

AfriForum has criticised Police Minister Fikile Mbalula for not releasing the specific statistics of farm attacks and murders.

Black Monday supporters also criticised government for not doing enough to ensure the safety of farmers.

“Police have done absolutely nothing.”

Another supporter adds: “If you do it for yourself, it’s much better than waiting for the state or government.”

Mbalula's spokesperson Vuyo Maga says this is not true.

“We are quite concerned about it. But blocking people’s movements on roads does not help anything.”

The Black Monday movement has vowed to intensify its awareness campaigns.

Protest organiser Daniel Briers says this is just the beginning.

“I am a farmer. We start by tilling the ground. I believe the ground is being tilled and it’s a new birth in South Africa.”

Meanwhile, supporters have called for unity.

“I don’t think this is about colour. I think the protests should bring about unity.”

On Monday, however, the Black First Land First movement called on South Africans to boycott protests against farm killings. The group believes people should instead mourn the thousands of workers who are still slaves on farms.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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